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Old January 9 2009, 01:59 AM   #470
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Re: Star Trek: Destiny Book 3: Lost Souls - (SPOILERS)

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I kinda think they need a larger magazine or somesuch- it seemed like they were running out a lot in Destiny, but maybe that was just a full-auto thing.
Well, that's a major drawback of projectile weapons. Even with a caseless ammunition system (such as was developed by Heckler & Koch for its G11 advanced combat rifle in the 1980s), one has to balance the conflicting desires for more magazine capacity and lighter weight. Add too much capacity, and the weapon becomes too heavy to use effectively in the field; reduce the capacity to lower the weight, and your troops spend all their time reloading.
So just mount a teeny tiny replicator on the rifles, and have it replicate ammunition. When the power cell wears out, pop it out and pop in a new one. Your ammo box would only need to contain replacement power cells. You can even change the ammo with a flip of a switch; when the target changes, replicate a different kind of ammunition... Aaah, Clarke's Law is so true!
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