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02-10-11 03:37 PM
Engindeer
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Originally Posted by Hooobit View Post
That guy's voice sounded just wrong on the video. It's not a caseless ammunition, any idiot can tell that from THE EJECTION PORT ON THE BOLTGUN thats been on the models for ages.

Also, isn't rocket propellent kept in 2 separate containers?
Not in the 42nd millenium they aren't!
02-10-11 01:02 PM
Hooobit That guy's voice sounded just wrong on the video. It's not a caseless ammunition, any idiot can tell that from THE EJECTION PORT ON THE BOLTGUN thats been on the models for ages.

Also, isn't rocket propellent kept in 2 separate containers?
02-10-11 06:58 AM
gen.ahab Gun shoot bolt= boltgun. Simple.
02-09-11 09:44 PM
Capt.Al'rahhem good find, now perhaps we can dispel the myth that Bolters are "caseless". Of course they have cases, how else could we have all the epic pictures of Spacemarines standing in a pile of brass.
02-09-11 08:24 PM
BlackGuard From reading the books and putting two and two together, the best opinion and theory I have as to what a "bolt" actually is; is that its essientally a miniture rocket-propelled gernade.

If you look at the discription given by many of the authors -- the bolt essientally is a mass-reactive shell. Meaning the tip has some sort of programming (doubtful) or rather some primitive sensor that registers that its hitting something with mass of some sort, then it simply explodes.

We actually have technology similar to that today.

Actually, in a ironic display that can only mean Tzeentch himself has ordained this thread with his complexity of blessings -- I found this on Youtube.


How accurate is this? Not 100% sure, but their explanation and presentation are excellent.
02-09-11 03:47 PM
Phoebus Oldenhaller has it. "Bolt" is meant to evoke archaic concepts of munitions, energy, etc. It's meant to be thematic, not literal. A fighter aircraft, for instance, does not actually fight, does it?
02-09-11 01:45 PM
lawrence96 IG Codex,PG.68
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"The boltgun, or bolter, is a rare and devastating weapon amongst the ranks of the imperial guard. It fires self-propelled missiles or 'bolts' the explode upon penetrating its target, blowing it apart from the inside"
The guns called a boltgun because it fires bolts. so the real question should be why are they called bolts?
02-09-11 12:10 PM
Hooobit It could just of been civilian tech used for war, like a nail gun but one that originally fired M12 bolts, now it fires rockets.

As long as the barrell and breach are the right size it could be done i guess.
02-09-11 11:24 AM
Oldenhaller I'd have thought a combination of quarrel/bolt and lightning/bolt - especially as they were in thunder armour when the bolter was being used on earth

~O
02-09-11 11:17 AM
Cowlicker16 Closest you have would probably be 4A, from the exp I have from guns (only includes the M16) the bolt slides foward moving the bullet into the chamber then hits the primer shooting the bullet, which causes it to go back far enough to re-push the next bullet into chamber
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