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Weasel Gun

Trouser Seeking Missiles
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The munitions launcher is a low-velocity smoothbore mortar. Each round is a hollow tube, with a detachable nosecone/parachute attached to the payload. Deployment is similar to a flare: when the round reaches peak altitude, the parachute is deployed and the casing falls away. Upon touching the ground the nosecone/parachute is detached from the weasel's collar, allowing it to have fun in the enemy's encampment.

Trials are being conducted, and we expect to have the misfire problems sorted out shortly, for the skunk-munitions.

FlyingToaster, Sep 30 2009

Wallop defecne Systems http://www.wallopdefence.co.uk/
Awfully nice people. [8th of 7, Oct 01 2009]

Anti-weasel Defence System http://tinyurl.com/yd8c9ky
Bids being taken now, expected deployment early 2014. [egbert, Oct 01 2009]

Bombs Away! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat_bomb
Mexican Free-tailed bats [CaptainClapper, Oct 06 2009]

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       //launch acceleration// working with a long-fire propellant; you wouldn't want to use a rocket: it'd give away your location and they might throw them back at you.
FlyingToaster, Sep 30 2009
  

       Badgers should work.   

       // it'd give away your location //   

       There are some excellent propellants available now, with extremely attenuated launch signatures. The Wallop rocket, used for flare dispensing, is a prime example.   

       A rocket would be much better in terms of peak launch acceleration than any sort of mortar.
8th of 7, Oct 01 2009
  

       //extremely attenuated launch signatures. The Wallop rocket, used for flare dispensing, is a prime example//
If you're launching a flare, you shirley don't care about rocket signature?
Presumably the Gentle Tap or Minor Spanking rockets have even less visible signatures.
coprocephalous, Oct 01 2009
  

       The point is to be able to release a flare over the enemy's position without revealing your own position (by a launch trail).   

       The enemy probably knows you're there anyway, but not exactly where. If you can see them (via the flare) then it's possible (for instance) to direct an artillery fire plan with great accuracy (unless US forces are involved). A small patrol can approach an enemy position, illuminate it, and safely withdraw in the confusion resulting from a sudden bright light and a lot of unpleasant explosions.
8th of 7, Oct 01 2009
  

       [egbert] lol, nice, but redirect unnecessary.
FlyingToaster, Oct 01 2009
  

       Thank you, but I think the misdirection is a necessary element in the comedy.
egbert, Oct 01 2009
  

       I agree with [-2fries]. We could build a giant wooden badger...
lurch, Oct 01 2009
  

       <King Arthur>   

       "What happens then ?"   

       </King Arthur>
8th of 7, Oct 02 2009
  

       ah, the old "Trojan Missile" routine: hidden inside the warhead is a flock of incontinent pigeons.
FlyingToaster, Oct 03 2009
  

       You can't stop them - the constitution gives them the right to arm bears ....
8th of 7, Oct 06 2009
  

       [linky]   

       Animal munitions.
CaptainClapper, Oct 06 2009
  

       Slightly more practical than the notoriously impractical Elephant Gun ....
8th of 7, Oct 06 2009
  

       What would be a typical weasel caliber?
tatterdemalion, Oct 06 2009
  

       //weasel caliber// err, ask [21Q]... 3.00-4.00 ?
FlyingToaster, Oct 07 2009
  

       Ah, but what sort ? Pusher ? Discarding ?   

       Should there be an international treaty to limit the spread of potentially dangerous Mustelidae Sabot technology ?   

       What of the Skunk Mortar ? NATO uses mortars in 81.4mm and 120mm calibres ...
8th of 7, Oct 07 2009
  

       [8/7] I had envisioned an accelerometer on the casing which activates a custom-moulded air-bag to spread the acceleration around; "discarding", though I don't really see any big advantage to either method.
FlyingToaster, Oct 08 2009
  
      
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