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clear gun

translucent camber and barrel
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Most cellular phones have a light so why not have an automatic weapon shine it's flashlight.

A clear material, some bullet proof glass or clear ceramic up to the task, could be used to manufacture the barrel and chambers. When the tool is fired, light could stream out, giving the used cartridge a secondary act.

Having more than the chamber clear, could show off the mechanism that taps the cartridge from a firm press. With the more complex tools, and since an exploded view is a bit quick, some staining of select pieces might be done to help with following the mechanical logic.

Don't hide in the shadows, shine your lights.

wjt, Oct 11 2019


       For decades, weapon designers have sought a means to see inside the chamber of a weapon during firing.   

       So far, no success has been achieved, however there are a number of back-burner research projects awaiting further developments in Silons and other sintered ceramics.   

       Even with the best "smokeless" powder there are huge problems with ash occluding viewports. After the first round, the optics stop working.   

       The best results have been achieved using high-speed X-ray photography.
8th of 7, Oct 11 2019

       Shirley the answer is to use a cheap, disposable mirror so that you can look down the barrel as the gun is fired? I'm not an armaments expert, but my understanding is that there tends to be a clear line of sight from the end of the barrel to the chamber.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 11 2019

       That technique has been used many times, using a half-silvered mirror to allow a light source to illuminate the head of the projectile.   

       The challenge is to see what's happening inside the chamber (yes, transparent projectiles have been tried too).   

       It's possible to see inside a diesel engine during the combustion cycle, but the pressures and temperatures there are orders if magnitude lower.
8th of 7, Oct 11 2019

       There's also the fact that looking inside a diesel engine is really, really boring. Even when it's running.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 11 2019

       Maybe, every second shot is a blank containing cleaning compound.
wjt, Oct 12 2019

       //happening inside the chamber//   

       Is there much need for that? Surely CFD modelling has improved so much that you can have a pretty good idea what’s going on without having to look inside the chamber.
Frankx, Oct 14 2019

       No, because the volume is very small and the propellant is granular (rather than gaseous) and therefore anisitropic.   

       The results from the sort of hydrodynamic modelling used on T-U fusion devices doesn't match the limited amount of directly measured data.
8th of 7, Oct 14 2019

       // There's also the fact that looking inside a diesel engine is really, really boring. //   

       Jan Ridders has built some unusual internal combustion engines, many of which have transparent combustion chambers, and are quite the opposite of boring.
mitxela, Oct 14 2019


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