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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:20 pm 
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Will all due respect to Mr. Blomkamp, while it has some good ideas, I don't really like his the new PR design, so I am thinking of designing my own.

I've previously been considering a project called "MagPulse" which would be a Pulse Rifle that has Magpul products adapted for it. This is along the same lines and I may incorporate some of the MagPulse ideas.

Some of my ideas:

- Ambidextrous charging handles (as seen in the video game)
- Magpul-style pistol grip
- QD sling swivel pockets
- Cut the top off the shroud to make a "flat-top" with a rail
- Add a reflex or magnified optical sight
- Semi-auto grenade launcher (maybe based on Remington 1100 or actual SPAS-12)
- Mount side rails for a weapon light and PEQ
- "Sidesaddle" holder for grenades (hat tip to the member here who did it here first)
- Improved buttstock
- Threaded barrel for a suppressor

I have a Spulse on my workbench I'm thinking of doing this conversion on.

If you have other suggestions for improving the functionality and ergonomics of the PR, I'd love to hear them!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:57 pm 
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Erik_MAA wrote:
Will all due respect to Mr. Blomkamp, while it has some good ideas, I don't really like his the new PR design

I'm not sure how new that PR is Erik; Neil first posted images of it in late 2015 I believe.

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the top trail is iconic how about a integrated optic? i would like to see an ambi selector being a south paw myself.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:42 pm 
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Did i mis something?
What does the PR look like from Mr Blomkamp?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:06 pm 
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Harry Harris wrote:
Erik_MAA wrote:
Will all due respect to Mr. Blomkamp, while it has some good ideas, I don't really like his the new PR design

I'm not sure how new that PR is Erik; Neil first posted images of it in late 2015 I believe.

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Well, it's newer than the 1986 movie guns :lol:

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the top trail is iconic how about a integrated optic? i would like to see an ambi selector being a south paw myself.


An integrated optic, vs a detachable one, is an interesting idea.

I'm picturing something like the setup on the XM8, P90, or F2000.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:08 pm 

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I'd go a step further (or backward, since this design predates the screen used shrouds) with that integrated optic. What about making something along the lines of G36 with two optical sights in the back of the carry handle/shroud?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:14 pm 
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M1861 wrote:
I'd go a step further (or backward, since this design predates the screen used shrouds) with that integrated optic. What about making something along the lines of G36 with two optical sights in the back of the carry handle/shroud?


This is interesting, and similar to what I have been thinking about. Although I'm not a fan of multi-level sighting systems, in particular the G36, which looks kind of cumbersome.

I've been sketching something up, I'll try to scan and post it tonight.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:23 pm 

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Since there are versions of the G36 carry handle with just the magnified sight and no reflex on top of it, that would work just fine. I like the fact that the front of the carry handle is open and allows for the optic to see through instead of just blocking a part of your field of view. The proportions of that old design might need an adjustment or two in order to bring it closer to the actual pulse rifle (not as tall and with a different draft angle of the sides), but I still love that concept.


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Just design a “new” weapon instant if puting crap from 2010 on a weapon 200 years in the future...

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Will you also be wearing 5.11 Tacticool High-Speed Low-Drag Operator's clothing, to go with this ultra-tacticool weapon? :lol: :P

Sorry, but half of that stuff really is just useless crap - It's great if you're a civilian shooter who likes wearing baseball caps and sunglasses, but any Colonial Marine will want a weapon that is tough, hard wearing, unbreakable, simple and easy. Any Colonial Marine Corps will want the same, but as cheap as possible. Adding a bunch of Tacticool junk from a mail-order catalogue just won't cut it, and you'll only want a bunch of other stuff later on as fashions change.


The other half of it needs to be put through the 'combat filter' to see if there's any point in implementing:

For example - You just landed on this planet in a big, loud Dropship and drove up to your AO in a blatant APC shaped like a brick, before hopping out to the shouts of a gruff Master Sergeant, and are now bimbling around with big bright torches on your shoulder, weapons that have lit ammo counters and a couple of motion trackers going ping... Everyone in a 30 mile radius will know you're here, so what good is a supressor going to be? Moreover, if stealth is a requirement, why are you walking around in clanky armour and lugging what is effectively a hoofing great thing like a pulse rifle instead of something more lightweight, streamlined and stealthy?

- Ambi cocking handle is pretty pointless IMO, (and the Os of many lefty shooters) unless you can make all the controls ambi.

- Mag fed grenade launcher based on a SPAS-15 would be better and have more ammo (6rnds) than a necessarily-shortened tube-fed model. Would require a redesign of the shroud around the mag well. Extra mags would replace the single rounds held on the webbing straps, taking capacity from 8rnds to 24, or carried in pouches for even greater capacity... and be faster than reloading from a sidesaddle. But with a semi-auto grenade launcher you're then enabling faster expenditure of ammo and bring far greater damage capability to the weapon, which is not always a fantastic idea in a military environment. Fire discipline is still a thing, even in 2179.

- Side rails, top rails, Picatinny rails and all the associated add-ons just make this already big and bulky weapon even bigger, even bulkier and more liable to catch on stuff. Weapon lights, PEQs, Reflex sights, telescopic sights, IR lasers, torches, bayonet lugs and any other tacticool junk in the Gun Lovers catalogue can be designed into the shroud itself.


I am interested to hear how you'd improve the buttstock, though...


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:14 pm 

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I'd like to see the reasoning behind ambidextrous cocking handle being pointless.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:36 pm 
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Erik_MAA wrote:
M1861 wrote:
I'd go a step further (or backward, since this design predates the screen used shrouds) with that integrated optic. What about making something along the lines of G36 with two optical sights in the back of the carry handle/shroud?


This is interesting, and similar to what I have been thinking about. Although I'm not a fan of multi-level sighting systems, in particular the G36, which looks kind of cumbersome.

I've been sketching something up, I'll try to scan and post it tonight.



i was thinking sort of camera mounted in side the front of the shroud and a screen at the back it would make more sense for the ammo counter to be integrated into that screen as well.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:29 am 
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M1861 wrote:
I'd like to see the reasoning behind ambidextrous cocking handle being pointless.

Because you're still having to do everything else cack-handed. It makes no difference and no sense in the real world unless, as I already said, you make ALL the controls ambidextrous.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:59 am 

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But the main advantage of an ambi/swappable cocking handle is not better use by those 5% or so left handed soldiers. It's the ability to reload and/or charge your weapon without juggling it and changing grip (or awkwardly reaching around)
Same goes for fixing stoppages or other malfunctions, being forced to use your dominant hand and to let go of the pistol grip is stupid.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:50 pm 
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But the main advantage of an ambi/swappable cocking handle is not better use by those 5% or so left handed soldiers. It's the ability to reload and/or charge your weapon without juggling it and changing grip (or awkwardly reaching around) Same goes for fixing stoppages or other malfunctions, being forced to use your dominant hand and to let go of the pistol grip is stupid.

So design it properly for the majority right-handers, then, as with the L85 or the FAL.
By definition, the point of anything being 'ambidextrous' is that it can be used/done with either hand equally well.

Incidentally, lefties are between 10 and 15%... and even right-handed soldiers sometimes encounter cack-handed corners that need you to swap hands. If ever there was a time when you needed the weapon to be less awkward, that'd be the one.


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Having an abidextrous cocking handle would enable shooters, whether they are right or left handed, to be able to rack the bolt while keeping their shooting hand on the fire control.

Ambi controls also make sense, and could be included in the design. The safety and selector would be easy; the magazine release would be more complicated, might have to redesign it completely.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:58 pm 
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the magazine release would be more complicated, might have to redesign it completely.

Nah, just mirror it.
All the controls have a pivot pin - Just carry that through the receiver and mirror the interface component, which in this case is a simple lever. In fact, the mag release is probably the easiest of the lot, as there's less likely to be any other working parts in the way.
I personally never found it a problem racking an M1A1/PR with my left hand, and obviously most lefties find it easier.

But to get purely geek-pedantic for a moment..... When would you need to do this and still have a hand on the fire control?
Hicks's instructions to Ripley suggest the weapon has an auto-releasing bolt during reloads, so no need to cock it at that point. The weapon is caseless, but may still suffer a feed jam and need clearing, at which point you'll want your dominant hand off the pistol grip and working to clear the stoppage anyway. Outside of that, you'll be unloading the weapon and extracting a chambered round, ie making safe, so again will have hands off all the shooty parts.

I'm more interested by a totally ambi weapon (a-la FN P90), or perhaps a select/reversible one like the Steyr AUG. I think that, as a high-level military concept, simplifies things and caters to a wider range of people and applications, meaning more meat for the... uhh, I mean, more troops on the ground supporting our efforts!


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Looking at it from the perspective of the base weapon - although there may be solutions to these issues in the movie canon.

A Thompson is an open-bolt gun - the bolt is locked to the rear and slams forward when you press the trigger, chambering and firing a round in one motion. I know there is a canon that the PR is electrically fired, but that mechanism presumably would only replace the metal firing pin in the bolt and not the bolt operation itself.

Manual of arms for loading a Thompson is bolt back, magazine in. At that point, the gun is ready to fire (as long as the safety is off, of course). The bolt should stay locked open on the last round so all that needs to be done is simply swap magazines, but sometimes this doesn't happen so locking the bolt back before reloading is a good practice.

As a "safety" measure open bolt guns are sometimes carried with the bolt forward and a magazine loaded. In this state, you have to pull the bolt to the rear before it can be fired.

The other thing a cocking handle is used for is clearing malfunctions. The first thing you have to do when an open bolt gun malfunctions is pull the bolt to the rear so it can lock open. If you don't, when you pull the magazine out the bolt may slam forward on a live round, causing the gun to fire unintentionally. With new users this is a very common error on open bolt guns.

So the cocking handle may be used more often that one would think.

Even if for some reason this was a closed bolt gun (US made semi-auto Thompsons are closed bolt, for example - all open bolt guns in the US are considered machine guns) you would still need to run the cocking handle to chamber a round before firing, and to clear malfunctions.

As for being able to use the cocking handle off-hand, many training organizations advocate being able to run the cocking handle with the gun shouldered or otherwise oriented towards the threat and hand on the fire control. The logic here is you can get back on target after reloading or clearing a malfunction.

In the film, Hicks demonstrates reloading by pointing the muzzle up and reloading from that position, which some trainers like (it's called "workspacing" - the idea is to get the gun up in your field of vision so you can see if anything is wrong with it, such as a malfunction). Many trainers don't like it because it obstructs your view of potential threats, takes your gun off target, and makes your gun easier for someone to take away from you.

Sure, you could design a completely new weapons system, but the scope of my project is an evolution of the existing PR. Take a look at how the M16a1 has evolved into the M4 and M16A4. Or the evolution of the SA80 to the L85A2.

The Pulse Rifle was designed based in part on what we knew about weapons and shooting methods in 1986. If it were 40 years later, and the USCM had experienced similar innovations, how might that change the PR design?

I may be overthinking it, but let's be honest, overthinking is a big part of fandom, right?

In addition to being an Aliens fan, I'm also a gun guy. I've been a firearms trainer for over 30 years and do a lot of shooting, and I'm interested in gun design. So this little project idea works for me on multiple levels.

I've even seriously considered building a live-fire Pulse Rifle. The only thing really holding that up is the cost.

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