Know-it-all leftist anti gunners have been hell bent on banning firearms for God knows how long, making it sound like today’s guns are all so advanced they’d blow your grandfather’s M1 Garand out of the water. 

You don’t have to look too hard to see a blog post of some Marxist anti-gunner spewing utter nonsense like how the founding fathers never intended for civilians to purchase and own modern AR-10s, AR-15s, Kalashnikovs, et cetera, et cetera, as those have gotten so advanced over the last century so ownership of those guns should NOT be protected by the Second Amendment.

But you know how leftists can be really dumb when it comes to guns. If you happen to get into a debate with one, you can tell him — or her — that no matter how seemingly advanced the newest firearms of today have become, they’re all still using ancient technology called gun powder, which first came about some time in 900 A.D. or over one thousand one hundred years ago.

As far as firearms technology, the use of gun powder as a propellant for metallic projectiles makes even the most advanced firearms of today look primitive compared to modern computers which are orders of magnitude more technologically advanced than the Difference Engine, which many consider as the first mechanical computer invented by Charles Babbage exactly two hundred years ago.

It’s anybody’s guess when we’ll stop using gun powder as a propellant for projectiles. There are guns currently being developed that suggest we may see advancements in civilian firearms in the not so distant future, but these are highly impractical and nowhere near as powerful as the firearms of today. 

Hi, this is Mike Ramientas with MadMan Review. In this topic, I’ll talk about what in my opinion are the Top 5 Guns of the future.

5. The PHASR Rifle

The personnel halting and stimulation response rifle, or PHASR for short, looks and sounds like one of the Phaser weapons straight out of Star Trek. But unlike the Phaser from Star Trek which has more than a few lethal and non lethal settings, the real-life PHASR is supposedly limited to being a non-lethal weapon. 

The PHASR presumably belongs to a category of laser-powered weapons called dazzlers designed to temporarily blind targets with the goal of disorienting and immobilizing them, mitigating their effectiveness in armed combat. But whether the PHASR’s blinding effect is temporary or permanent is anybody’s guess at the moment.

The Department of Defense asserts that there are more than a few scenarios wherein the PHASR would be the best non lethal option for neutralizing an armed threat, but to date, specific details on how the laser weapon works are unavailable.

In the past, blinding laser weapons have been tested on the battlefield, but the UN banned all of them under the 1995 Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons. The decision to ban blinding laser weapons came about due to the more than 4,000 documented cases of Iranian soldiers suffering eye injuries during the Iran-Iraq war. 

The PHASR Rifle

The injuries were diagnosed as either retinal burns or hemorrhages allegedly inflicted by tank-mounted laser rangefinders and other laser weapon types fired in antipersonnel mode to blind targets on purpose. The PHASR reportedly uses a two wavelength low intensity laser that will not result in permanent blindness, so the UN’s 1995 Blinding Laser Weapons ban shouldn’t apply to it. 

With the almost non-existent technical info available online, no one knows. While it really shouldn’t interest us as civilians because the PHASR is a military weapon, it made its way to this Top 5 topic because one, it looks cool; and two, I’ve always had a thing for laser guns.

4. The PD-90 e-Shotgun

The word “shotgun” in the e-Shotgun is a misnomer because even though it has a burst mode that lets it fire five shots in rapid succession, the e-Shotgun is not a shotgun. What it is is a coil gun that on the surface looks more like a toy gun because of its plastic frame. What’s a coil gun, you may ask? We’ll get to that later.

The e-Shotgun is being touted as a non-lethal projectile weapon capable of deterring an unarmed bad guy from breaking into your home, but it’s really only useful if you don’t have anything more suitable for such a purpose. 

In fact, a 2-inch snub nose revolver chambered in .22 Long Rifle which many sees as a weak caliber will be much more effective than this e-Shotgun for home defense, and that’s saying something.

To give a sense of just how much of a ballistic advantage the .22 Long Rifle has over the e-Shotgun, a 29 grain Federal Punch bullet has an advertised velocity of 1,070 feet per second out of a 2-inch revolver barrel, which gives it a muzzle energy of around 74 foot pounds of force. 

The e-Shotgun’s much heavier 275 grain coil accelerator disc can be fired with a velocity of up to 145 feet per second, giving it a muzzle energy of only around 13 foot pounds of force. That’s a difference in projectile kinetic energy of over 500% favoring the .22 Long Rifle. Simply put, a 29-grain .22 Long Rifle bullet out of a 2-inch snub nose is over six times more powerful than a single shot from the e-Shotgun.

So why would you want one? Well, you can use it for plinking, though a Ruger 10/22 is arguably better for that purpose and is much more versatile. Unfortunately, in its current state, the PD-90 doesn’t offer much. 

Let’s say a bad guy breaks into your home and you’re able to hit him in the face with at least 20 of the e-Shotgun’s projectiles within six to ten yards, you can either blind him, bust his nose, or knock out a couple of his teeth. Theoretically, the e-Shotgun can work as a deterrent — but only theoretically

The PD-90 e-Shotgun

In highly stressful situations like a home invasion, headshots are near impossible to pull. You’re much more likely to hit center of mass, especially when the bad guy is running towards you and you’re shooting slow-moving projectiles. If this bad guy also happens to be a crackhead, then you’ll definitely need something much more potent than this e-Shotgun.

All that said, in case you’d like to know how much it costs, you can go to North Shore Sports Club.com where they sell the e-Shotgun for $1,600. It comes with a charger, a single 50-round mag, and 100 rounds of ammo. 

An extra mag costs $25 while a 25 round pack of ammo costs $20. Considering that the e-Shotgun is practically just a Nerf blaster for big boys, $1600 is too much money for it. But if you want a piece of the future and you have money to burn, I wouldn’t talk you out of buying one.

3. The CornerShot

Strictly speaking, the CornerShot is just an accessory, not a gun, so it technically shouldn’t be on this list. But it’s an adaptive mount that when fitted with a firearm, becomes a weapon system that allows the operator to take out a bad guy accurately over obstacles, into enclosed spaces, and around corners without being exposed to return fire. 

The Corner Shot’s hinging lever lets the operator swivel the weapon system in either direction and return it to its default configuration quickly. The front half of the system that houses the swiveling weapon mount has a high resolution muti spectral camera with interchangeable 6mm,12mm, and 16mm modules and also allows for additional flashlight and infrared laser attachments. 

The rear half of the system has a flip out camcorder style video monitor which features a rugged sighting crosshair. The rear half also houses the operating controls and the trigger. The high resolution multi spectral lens and the camcorder style monitor allow the operator to aim and accurately shoot targets around corners in real time.

The CornerShot

The CornerShot has three available variants: the first one is the CS 9mm which accepts a number of different pistols like Glock models 17, 19, 22, and 23; SIG Sauer models P226, P228, and P229; CZ models 75 and P07; Beretta models PX4 and 92F; the Gilboa Pistol; the FN Five SeveN; the Jericho PSL; and the Israelli Weapon Industries Massada pistol. 

The second variant is the CS 40mm which is custom built for mounting an M203 grenade launcher, while the third variant, the CS 556, is custom built for mounting an AR-15 pistol. There are currently no CS 40mm and CS 556 in circulation, while there are a couple of firearms accessory websites that are selling used CS 9mm for around $5,0000 apiece. 

That price seems exorbitant but for its intended purpose of protecting you in a gunfight, not to mention it would make any boring pistol look cool, I’d say it’s worth every dollar.

2. The Arcflash Labs GR-1 Anvil

The GR-1 Anvil from Arcflash Labs is described as an 8 stage semi-automatic high voltage Gauss Rifle. If you didn’t know, a Gauss rifle is the same as a coil gun, a platform for launching projectiles not too different from a traditional firearm. 

But unlike a traditional firearm that uses pressures generated by the explosion of gunpowder to push a bullet out of the barrel, a coil gun uses the electromagnetic forces that are generated within the barrel when a ferromagnetic projectile is subjected to a magnetic field. This projectile can be anything made of iron, iron alloys, or other compounds of iron, cobalt, nickel, and certain rare-earth metals.

The speed at which projectiles can be accelerated depends on the number of magnetic acceleration stages in the setup and the projectile’s starting velocity as it approaches the first stage. In general, the more stages are set up in a coil gun, the faster the projectile can be accelerated and the more kinetic energy it will have, but there are diminishing returns so a coil gun can’t have too many stages.

The GR-1 Anvil is being marketed as the most powerful coil gun ever sold to civilians, and to date, is probably the most powerful handheld coil gun ever built by anyone. It’s capable of pushing a 50-caliber ferromagnetic projectile to velocities reaching 200 feet per second.

Depending on the weight of the projectile, the GR-1 Anvil will generate a maximum of 75 foot pounds of force at the muzzle when fired in semi-auto mode. This makes it about as potent as a snub nose revolver in .22 Long Rifle, but there’s a catch. Its capacitor charging system has to be charged for at least 3 seconds before it can be fired.

This means the GR-1 Anvil is about as slow as a crossbow, as its rate of fire is only 20 rounds per minute if you want maximum kinetic energy for each shot. At 50% energy, the GR-1 Anvil can manage a respectable 100 rounds per minute, which still makes it more powerful than the e-Shotgun but only about half as potent as a snub nose revolver in .22 Long Rifle.

The Arcflash Labs GR-1 Anvil

So, should you buy one? It depends on two things: one, how badly you want one, and two: whether you can even find one being sold. If the e-Shotgun is one of the most expensive toys for big boys that you can buy, the GR-1 Anvil takes the cake. As of this writing, the GR-1 Anvil can only be purchased from the manufacturer’s website, Arc Flash Labs.com, and they’re all out of stock. 

At $4,000, the coil gun comes with a battery pack, a charger, and a hard carrying case. Magazines only have a 10 round capacity and are selling for $54.99 apiece. As for ammo, the GR-1 Anvil can use 12×32 millimeter steel dowel pins that can be purchased for about 50 cents apiece from your local hardware store but Arc Flash Labs is selling them for $31.00 for a 10 round pack. 

To say that the whole setup is prohibitively priced is a gross understatement, but the Arc Flash Labs staff seem to be nice people and we’re talking about the future here so maybe spending around five grand for the whole setup isn’t so bad — if you have five grand to spare.

1. The ShadowTrax 6

And lastly, we get to my Top 1 Gun of the Future, the ShadowTrax 6. On the surface, it doesn’t look anywhere near as futuristic as the other four guns I’ve talked about so far. But what it lacks in the sci-fi looks department, it more than makes up for in purpose.

In a nutshell, the ShadowTrax 6 is a smart rifle, a long range precision guided weapon system designed to achieve pinpoint accuracy regardless of shooter experience. To achieve this, Talon Precision Optics combined Tracking Point’s advanced rifle scope with their proprietary RapidLok Target Elimination System and fire control.

Built on TrackingPoint’s next generation bolt action rifle platform, the ShadowTrax 6 has a proprietary chassis that houses an accurized Remington 700 action, a 24-inch stainless steel barrel, and the aforementioned RapidLok trigger which ensures unmatched accuracy by working with the rifle scope to acquire, track, and lock on the target. 

The TrackingPoint rifle scope is capable of automatic elevation and windage corrections by monitoring temperature, wind, humidity, range, altitude, and barrel cant. It allows an image stabilized target lock with a range of up to 1,000 yards and a lock time of 1 second. It also has four firing modes: suppressive fire, precision fire, night mode, and auto acquire.

The ShadowTrax 6

So how accurate is the ShadowTrax 6? In the hands of a hard-earned elite marksman, a weapon system composed of a good rifle, optics, rangefinders, and ammo is only capable of 4 inch groups at 1,000 yards. By comparison, in the hands of a novice shooter, the ShadowTrax 6 is capable of half inch groups at 1,000 yards, which is why this gun made it to the top of my list.

But there’s no free lunch. The level of accuracy the ShadowTrax6 is capable of comes at a high price. If you head on over to the manufacturer’s website, Talon Precision Optics.com, the ShadowTrax 6 chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor is selling for a whopping $9,995.00. 

The package includes the precision built rifle, the TrackingPoint scope, batteries and charger, a 10-round magazine, a Harris Bipod, a box of Hornady ELD X 143 grain HUNT ammo, and a box of Hornady ELD M 147 grain MATCH ammo. Considering everything that’s in the package, the price seems justifiable. But we all have to agree that a $10,000 rifle isn’t going to appeal to most of us.

And that’s it for my Top 5 Guns of the Future. If there were other guns you believe I should have included in the topic, feel free to let me know by commenting down below.

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