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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Tracers

I've always wondered: If you put nothing but tracer bullets into a gatling gun, would it look like a laser beam when it was fired?

Anonymous toby thought:

andy my friend, i know nothing about these kinds of things. however i was looking up "345 eldert" on google cause i lived there and i miss it and i see i also went to mica probably at the same time you did.

congratulations on having your injoke be sweated by the new york times. i personally like it because it has the escher-print house-of-mirrors can't-even-talk-about-it hipness quotient of vice magazine but also kind of soft and self-mocking. and helpful too. we all need to know this stuff when we move out of bushwick to sheepshead bay and actually start being original.

just joking. i was always original. anwyay, feel free to drop a line. i am that refreshing non-ironic person everyone says they want to meet in their friendster profiles, except they don't know what to say to non-ironic people, really.

haha, toast. that's great.

-toby
#318, 2002-2003
MICA, 1998-1999
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April 10, 2005 at 4:59 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Mick thought:

The tracers would be somewhat discontinuous and maybe not as well collimated. Sort of like the "tear along the dotted line" type of line.

Don't you think "Tearalong" would make a good name for a dotted lion? Then you could have a cartoon called "Tearalong-The
Dotted Lion."

April 10, 2005 at 8:21 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Mick,

I figured that a General Electric 7.62mm mini-gun (they fire at rates up to about 10,000 rounds per minute (166 rounds a second)) combined with a supply of only phosphorus bullets (normally the ratio is one tracer bullet to every 5-10 standard rounds) might be sufficient to create the illusion of a solid beam.

Don't think so?

A.

April 11, 2005 at 9:52 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Toby,

Glad you're reading. I always knew there had to be Micans in 345. You were only in Bmore for a year? What major?

A.

April 11, 2005 at 4:29 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Mick thought:

Collimation...I'm not sure about the tracer projectiles. I somehow doubt that they have the precise aerodynamics of the lethal projectiles. On the other hand, they wouldn't be much good for "tracing" unless they were somewhat accurate...

April 12, 2005 at 11:17 AM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

You're correct. The tracer bullets do fly a little differently than standard rounds. Gunners who use helicopter-mounted gatling guns, learn to aim the tracers just to the right or left of the target (depending on wind), knowing that the lethal rounds have a slightly more accurate trajectory.

Still, with only tracer bullets being used as ammunition, they should all fly the same. Or at least very similarly.

A.

April 12, 2005 at 11:29 AM - Comment Permalink  

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