Steadicam mounted rifle

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

muck @ came across this photo of a G3 rifle attached to a Steadicam.

While it is very cool looking it is also very impractical. Shooting sticks are a much better idea. If the shooter need to lie down or quickly maneuver he just drops the sticks.

The correct use of a Steadicam. Photo from Wikipedia.

UPDATE: So it turns out this concept was used in the movie Aliens. I have not seen any of the Alien/Predator movies. Only in the past few years have I began to start appreciating sci/fi after reading a couple of the classics. Some Alien movie pictures:

“Colonial Marines Technical Manual” – Thanks to Jimmy for the scan

“M56 Smart Gun”. From IMFDB. Thanks to Linoge and Redfezwriter for the link.
Steve Johnson
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  • Tounushi Tounushi on Jun 09, 2009

    Now we need to combine that with this:

  • Dark Gnat Dark Gnat on Oct 30, 2009

    The Smart Gun In theory was more than just a GPMG on a steadi-cam. In the technical manual, and in the script, the harness had servo motors that would absorb the recoil and assist in aiming.

    The gun has a motion/IR tracker mounted on top, a computer under the breastplate, and a HUD that covers one eye. The gun could identify targets, track them and target them. The motors in the harness would allow it to boresight automatically. Basically the gunner just needed to pull the trigger. It would be rather similar to the targeting systems used in fighter jets.

    Granted, it would have a simple manual override incase it targeted a friendly, (the gunner could just pull and aim elsewhere, and the software understood the movement). The fictional gun also used caseless ammo, which is smaller and lighter, allowing more rounds to be carried in the drum.

    I think this is plasuible, and the technology to do it is pretty much here. Right now, weight would be an issue, but using polymers and titatium can alleviate that.

    Otherwise, you can always go with this: