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25th Jun '16 12:05:56 PM Prfnoff
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* The Phase Rifle in ''{{Conduit 2}}'' is actually a railgun.

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* The Phase Rifle in ''{{Conduit ''VideoGame/{{Conduit 2}}'' is actually a railgun.



* In ''SinsOfASolarEmpire'', the TEC use twin gauss guns on their orbital defense platforms, the Kol Battleship's signature weapon is the gauss railgun, and the Novalith Cannon superweapon is a giant railgun that shoots giant nukes at planets at near light speed.

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* In ''SinsOfASolarEmpire'', ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire'', the TEC use twin gauss guns on their orbital defense platforms, the Kol Battleship's signature weapon is the gauss railgun, and the Novalith Cannon superweapon is a giant railgun that shoots giant nukes at planets at near light speed.
21st Jun '16 12:51:52 AM Da_Nuke
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* Railgun -- projectile connects an even number of conductive rails with a strong electric current flowing through them and through the projectile, which is accelerated along the rails as the circuit tries to expand; essentially a linear electric motor. Not to be confused with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_gun rail-mounted artillery]].

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* Railgun -- projectile connects an even number of conductive rails with a strong electric current flowing through them and through the projectile, which is accelerated along the rails as the circuit tries due to expand; [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorentz_force#Force_on_a_current-carrying_wire Lorentz force]]; essentially a linear electric motor. Not to be confused with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_gun rail-mounted artillery]].
12th Jun '16 3:35:31 PM GhostlyBrony
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* Metal Gear REX of the Franchise/MetalGear series uses railguns to fire a nuclear warhead. This has the advantage of subverting most nuclear disarmament treaties and [[YouFailPhysicsForever being undetectable by radar due to the fact that no fuel is used to propel the warhead]]. [[note]]The problem with the idea of a stealth nuclear warhead just because it's fired out of a rail gun is a little something called friction. Any rail gun that's powerful enough to launch a warhead thousands of miles across the globe would be propelling that round at absolutely ludicrous speeds, so the friction of the round would cause the air around it to turn into plasma from the heat, which would in fact be spotted on radar. And there's no way you can "cover up" this plasma trail because it's a natural consequence of physical laws. Though on the bright side the warhead fired from REX would need to accelerate so by the time the thermal signature was picked up it'd probably be a fair distance away from REX itself, but the idea that it wouldn't be spotted on radar at all is silly. The magic of the warhead should have been emphasized how it can't be shot down.[[/note]]

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* Metal Gear REX of the Franchise/MetalGear series uses railguns to fire a nuclear warhead. This has the advantage of subverting most nuclear disarmament treaties and [[YouFailPhysicsForever being undetectable by radar due to the fact that no fuel is used to propel the warhead]]. [[note]]The problem with the idea concept of a stealth nuclear warhead just because it's being fired out of a rail gun is a little something called friction. Any ludicrous. Modern rail gun that's powerful enough to launch guns only have a warhead thousands range of about 400 miles across the globe would be propelling -- give or take -- meaning that round at absolutely ludicrous speeds, so the friction of the round would cause the air around it for REX to turn into plasma from the heat, which would in fact be spotted on radar. And there's no way you can "cover up" this plasma trail because it's a natural consequence of physical laws. Though hit anywhere on the bright side the warhead fired from REX globe, as is advertised in Metal Gear's narrative, it would need to accelerate so the round many thousands of times over the limit of what rail guns can achieve today. Even without range being a factor, assuming you could hit anywhere on the globe the intense friction caused by the time acceleration of the round would leave plasma trails around the nuclear warhead, which if anyone hasn't caught on yet would leave an enormous thermal signature was picked up it'd probably for a radar to detect. On the bright side of things such an incredibly fast round would be a fair distance away impossible to intercept. As far as REX itself is concerned, the initial burst of energy from REX itself, the warhead leaving the rail gun wouldn't be terribly noticeable as the round accelerating through the air would accumulate more thermal energy over time than what was initially produced at launch, but the idea that it no one would detect the round itself is absurd. Furthermore the insane amount of energy involved with charging the rail gun to fling the warhead at its target would mean REX wouldn't be spotted on radar very good at all is silly. The magic of rapid fire nuclear assaults, it'd be unable to retaliate against a nuclear strike if it has already fired its round by the warhead should have been emphasized how it can't be shot down.time its found out. [[/note]]
12th Jun '16 12:34:09 PM GhostlyBrony
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* Metal Gear REX of the Franchise/MetalGear series uses railguns to fire a nuclear warhead. This has the advantage of subverting most nuclear disarmament treaties and [[YouFailPhysicsForever being undetectable by radar due to the fact that no fuel is used to propel the warhead]].

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* Metal Gear REX of the Franchise/MetalGear series uses railguns to fire a nuclear warhead. This has the advantage of subverting most nuclear disarmament treaties and [[YouFailPhysicsForever being undetectable by radar due to the fact that no fuel is used to propel the warhead]]. [[note]]The problem with the idea of a stealth nuclear warhead just because it's fired out of a rail gun is a little something called friction. Any rail gun that's powerful enough to launch a warhead thousands of miles across the globe would be propelling that round at absolutely ludicrous speeds, so the friction of the round would cause the air around it to turn into plasma from the heat, which would in fact be spotted on radar. And there's no way you can "cover up" this plasma trail because it's a natural consequence of physical laws. Though on the bright side the warhead fired from REX would need to accelerate so by the time the thermal signature was picked up it'd probably be a fair distance away from REX itself, but the idea that it wouldn't be spotted on radar at all is silly. The magic of the warhead should have been emphasized how it can't be shot down.[[/note]]
2nd Jun '16 8:18:02 PM PaulA
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** In another Harrison novel, ''Starworld'', LaResistance develops coilguns as their secret weapon and use them to obliterate the Earth fleet. Prior to that, all space combat was fought with missiles. The ammo for the big guns that ran through the spine of the ships was regular old cannonballs, while the ammo for the smaller, turreted versions was explosive bullets. The main character even plays a crucial role in resolving the bugs with the magnet timing system thanks to his skill as a computer engineer.

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** * In another Harrison novel, ''Starworld'', ''Literature/{{Starworld}}'', LaResistance develops coilguns as their secret weapon and use them to obliterate the Earth fleet. Prior to that, all space combat was fought with missiles. The ammo for the big guns that ran through the spine of the ships was regular old cannonballs, while the ammo for the smaller, turreted versions was explosive bullets. The main character even plays a crucial role in resolving the bugs with the magnet timing system thanks to his skill as a computer engineer.
15th May '16 11:19:07 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' features a railgun as an OldSaveBonus. Players of the [[PlayStation4 enhanced]] [[XboxOne version]] who are returning from the [[PlayStation3 previous]] [[{{Xbox360}} version]] will be able to buy it in Ammu-Nation for a whopping [[CrackIsCheaper $250,000]]. While it does have a few disadvantages, such as a low ammo capacity, it essentially functions as a rocket launcher with no travel time, effectively creating an explosion instantly wherever the player presses the fire button. Is it any surprise that it's [[GameBreaker one of the strongest weapons in the whole single-player game]]?

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' features a railgun as an OldSaveBonus. Players of the [[PlayStation4 [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 enhanced]] [[XboxOne version]] who are returning from the [[PlayStation3 [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 previous]] [[{{Xbox360}} version]] will be able to buy it in Ammu-Nation for a whopping [[CrackIsCheaper $250,000]]. While it does have a few disadvantages, such as a low ammo capacity, it essentially functions as a rocket launcher with no travel time, effectively creating an explosion instantly wherever the player presses the fire button. Is it any surprise that it's [[GameBreaker one of the strongest weapons in the whole single-player game]]?
29th Apr '16 3:13:46 PM zarpaulus
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* While ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' favor [[PlasmaCannon powerguns]] some other mercenary companies use railguns or coilguns that have better armor penetration but don't [[{{BFG}} scale up]] as well and are just as expensive since they need diamond barrels.
* Pulsers in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' are like coilguns but they use gravity manipulation instead of electromagnetism to propel explosive ceramic-coated darts.
11th Apr '16 4:39:11 PM REV6Pilot
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* In VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis, Jill has to use a gigantic experimental stationary railgun to kill the final boss. It's called "man-portable", but you need a forklift to move the thing.

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* In VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis, Jill has to use a gigantic experimental stationary railgun to kill the final boss. It's called "man-portable", but you need "man-portable" instead of "handheld" for a forklift reason, being as big as a small truck. Jill can't even aim it, she has to move lure Nemesis into the thing.firing line.
8th Apr '16 7:23:45 AM Leid
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* The railgun is the favored weapon of the main protagonist in the Young Justice fanfic, ''Fanfic/WithThisRing''.
18th Mar '16 4:33:40 PM Jake
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* [[VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram The Kerbals]] equip their prototype FTL starship with a [[FixedForwardFiringWeapon spinal-mounted]] railgun in ''Fanfic/TheNextFrontier'', causing a certain amount of in-universe controversy given that [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill this is ostensibly a mission of peaceful exploration.]] The ship's crew end up being quite glad they have it.

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* [[VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram The Kerbals]] equip their prototype FTL starship with a [[FixedForwardFiringWeapon [[FixedForwardFacingWeapon spinal-mounted]] railgun in ''Fanfic/TheNextFrontier'', causing a certain amount of in-universe controversy given that [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill this is ostensibly a mission of peaceful exploration.]] The ship's crew end up being quite glad they have it.
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