I've always wondered about how the feeding system would work in a bullpup with a canted magazine like that. If the feed is traditional (rounds parallel to bore axis), then the guide has to be slightly modified; If the feed is novel, then there'd be a separate rammer actuated by the bolt carrier; If it's intermediate, then the rounds taken from the mag would have to be pivoted out before being placed into battery.
Which of these three mechanism would make the most sense?
I love bullpups, but a problem arises when trying to fire the weapon while prone and "balancing" the weapon.
You could put the mag-well on the top of the weapon, use a helical mag, and balance the weapon by fixing a underslung launcher... like a StA14 with GL... A "balanced", ultra compact rifle with all the modern fixings built in.
But that would all go against the inspirations that fueled the creation of this picture... so...
Yes, bullpups are fun but can be awkward. I was able to shoot the civilian version of the Steyr AUG a couple years back. It takes some getting used to, but I found it was pretty comfortable (more so with the vertical foregrip than without).
I try to make my weapons both aesthetically appealing and practical, but I do take advantage of being an artist and not an engineer quite often. I get to take a gun that looks cool and reverse-engineer it into something believable, which I imagine is a lot easier than engineering something that's efficient and functional into something that looks halfway decent so military and law enforcement won't write it off for being ugly (*ahem* G11).
I'm sorry, I used the face because I felt I had failed to properly articulate myself the first time.
So, for a man who depicts future weapons it's odd that you often use modern NATO type magazines. Both helical mags (Killzone 2 Helghast weapons) and disposable box mags (Avatar RDA weapons) seem to be innately more advanced.
I had hypothesized that, because this picture was based on the Kriss, you wanted to use a conventional mag to keep with the original theme.
So, what's your thoughts on a futuristic "conventional" weapon? Mine is a printed plastic bullpup with a disposable box mag, integrated optics, multi-spectrum tac-light, waterproof solar cell, and mount points for cameras, launchers, handgrips, and the like. Caseless, of course. It seems like the cheap gun of the future to me.
I agree that the standard box magazines aren't terribly futuristic, and your image of a futuristic weapon sounds great. I might try to come up with a 3d-printed gun of the future, now that you've brought it up.
I usually work with concepts closer to the present than those found in Avatar or Killzone, and I generally handle each weapon independently. So my designs fit two or three decades into the future instead of centuries and borrow heavily from technology currently in use. It's a comfortable realm for me because, really, I think warfare a century or more from now (if not sooner) will involve remote-operated drones more than men with rifles.
Individual weapons that do pop up might not even fire propellant cartridges. I suppose that was part of the inspiration for my electromagnetically-accelerated weapons (concepts I hope to expand in the future). I even imagined as part of that concept that the Department of Defense would have to restructure for "Human Intervention Divisions" (i.e., special units for military scenarios where they can't just send the robots).
For the raisons mentioned above, I agree that robots will become heavily used within the next 200 years (and that there will be few human "necessary situations")... But I also believe that the types of weapons I've mentioned will be used over yours (due to yours using dated mechanics, like stanag mags). Large nations don't want to replace weapons with only slightly better ones, but clearly better ones.
Futher, your electromagnetically-accelerated weapons will be to hazardous for biological operators you use without injury... unless they were protected by some form of mech type suit or armored vehicle.
Oh, I agree that designs like this one aren't very futuristic. As I said, I'm thinking next few decades when I design my weapons.
I do have to disagree with you on the weapon replacement comment, though. The near future of infantry warfare seems to be focusing on small, highly-trained, highly-specialized units with a variety of non-standard weapons on hand. In Afghanistan and Iraq, you'll find standard infantry units kitted out in ways traditionally reserved for special operations forces. Not only do these units have specialized weapons, but their standard-issue weapons are decked out with a variety of non-standard aftermarket improvements. Sure, people have developed modular weapons like the XM8, SCAR, and the ACR that seek to bridge all of the gaps between the variety of weapons units are carrying today, but even if something like the XM8 could break through the politics of the testing phase to become adopted I think there would still be a little room for specialization. That's where this gun comes in. It's a specialty weapon.
Plus, in the near future, I think advanced, lightweight ammunition (e.g., caseless or telescoped) might be enough in itself to trigger the adoption of new weapon systems that aren't much different than current ones. People generally think on the individual level when discussing the weight and size reductions factor of advanced ammunition, but many don't think of the overall logistical benefits of being able to transport two or three times the amount of ammunition for the same cost. And I think the process will be evolutionary rather than a lightning strike event of engineering; that is, I think there will be a few intermediate steps between current weapons and weapons that can fire 300-round blocks of caseless ammunition and be adapted to any use.
Now 200 years from now, it might be easier to produce one modular unit that can be adapted to every role. I'm not against the idea at all; it's just not the frame I'm working in at the moment.
And I agree that electromagnetically-accelerated weapons would require some tweaking, especially with heat dissipation and major advances in man-portable power sources, to be safe for individual use.