No Noise From Electric Rifle (Apr, 1933)

No Noise From Electric Rifle

NEW Army recruits suffer badly from nerves after their first session or two on the rifle range; headaches also result from noise and powder fumes. So a rifle instructor has invented an electric rifle, noiseless, powderless, harmless, since it shoots a spot of light instead of a bullet. A luminous target is first projected on the target board. When the electric gun trigger is pressed, a black spot appears on the target at the point where the gun is aimed. An ingenious system of lenses within the barrel, with an electric light bulb as projector, constitutes the mechanism of the rifle.

7 comments
  1. Eamon says: February 4, 20091:03 am

    Why bother? They’re still going to have to fire a real gun sometime, headache or not.

  2. Bob says: February 4, 20098:27 am

    It helps train muscle memory, so helps learning the real thing faster. Learn the good habits with a gun like object so they will be automatic when the rifle is actually used, less expensive training.

  3. Mike says: February 4, 20099:25 am

    If firing a gun makes you a bundle of nerves perhaps joining the military isn’t a good idea.

    I saw somewhere that they are using something similar now. However this one uses air to simulate recoil and there is audio feedback. (You don’t need the ear protection that you use with a standard rifle.) The objects are all computer generated and the weapons follow the specs of the field weapons.
    Same idea as above.

  4. Don says: February 5, 20092:31 pm

    Mike,

    I got to use a system like that a few years ago when I went to an open house for a National Guard unit. I was REALLY good at it too . . . because it was based on the Duck Hunt game that my daughters had for their Nintendo system! The had changed the picture and added some sound and “kick” but it worked the same way, so I cleaned up on everyone else there (including the soldiers who were doing the demo ;^)

  5. StanFlouride says: February 5, 20094:00 pm

    Charlie-
    What’s the story on the cover? It looks like they’re talking about kamikaze’s in 1933, about 11 years ahead of their deployment.

  6. nlpnt says: February 8, 200911:05 am

    Duck Hunt?
    Woof, heh heh heh heh woof.

  7. Jay Fricker says: March 3, 20098:06 am

    IS THE NOISE FROM A GUN CAUSED BY POWDER EXPLODING OR THE BULLIT BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER?
    MY THINKING IS THAT, THE NOISE IS CAUSED BY BOTH

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