Obscure Retro MIC Fun

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    I vaguely remember my friend's dad telling me about this when I was younger, and I sorta thought it was BS. Apparently, not.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_ob...t_space_gun_in_barbados_is_now_abandoned.html


    There is something cool about a giant gun though.
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    I can't remember ever hearing of that project. 112 miles??? Imagine the potential home defense applications!
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    You guys never saw that old HBO movie Doomsday Gun? It was mostly about the supergun Bull was designing for Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War, but they briefly touched on Bull's work with HARP before he went to prison for designing the G-5/G-6 artillery pieces for the South Africans while the arms embargo was in effect during the early 80s.
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    I think I recall watching a special on the Military Channel about this gun. My oldest son is a military history buff and watch most all the History and MC specials.

    Cool story. Thanks for sharing.
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    EM Rail-gun technology should have rendered such a devise obsolete years ago.
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    The instantaneous G-forces produced by a gun severely limit the application potential of the projectiles.
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    Say what you will about Bull and his past, one thing is for certain: the man was a brilliant engineer.

    The G5/G6 artillery pieces are still one of the best out there and were a good 20 years ahead of their time.
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    Without question. Our friends in Iran have a goodly number of them. It's a fortunate thing that military equipment is only as good as the soldiers wielding it and the officers leading them.
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    Indeed. Though it also helps now that the South Africans are allies again and we know the full specs on those pieces (in addition to the captured ones we got from Iraq).

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