“Vespid Injector” Car Marks(man) Rifle


In times of great conflict, it is not just superiority of numbers, or firepower, that can tip the balance. Morale (or lack thereof) can be a vital deciding factor. This is a fact well known to the great military minds, but none more so that the Vjegoslavian High Command who were notorious for their commission of massive, brutal military machines in order to terrorise the enemy populace.

So the Vespid Injector Marksman Gun came into being. Designed by the master armaments engineer Nikolai Pjearsenssen, and named for its resemblance to a wasp’s stinger or a hypodermic needle, the gun was an ideal tool for the propagandists, exemplifying the attitude of mental as well as physical assault on the enemy.

The key to the VI gun’s success was twofold: its composite approach to payload deployment, and its almost supernatural accuracy.

Firstly, the firing mechanism was a hybrid never before envisioned. U235 rods at the rear of the gun powered the nuclear reactor used for initial compression and, of course, the linear accelerator built into the muzzle. A small explosive charge in the base of the shell provides an initial velocity of 2,750 feet per second. But this is then quadrupled by a combination of decreasing muzzle size (utilising the Venturi effect) and a strongly focused magnetic field, accelerating the shell to over 11,000 feet per second at exit. At this velocity, a range of 400 miles (640 km) can be achieved for a 440lb (220 kg) shell. Note the extended tethering required to help compensate for the recoil generated.

Secondly, the “Marksman” auto-targeting system heralded a new “point-and-click” level of accuracy to the weapon. Eye in the sky ‘tele-copters’ (see reference at end) were used to pinpoint potential targets and relay their co-ordinates back to the VI’s controller. Early demonstrations of the system were so accurate that many people suspected that they were staged. In one starring moment, the designer of the gun itself put all rumours to rest when, in front of the world’s press, Nikolai deliberately had his hat shot off his head from 50 miles distance. Tragically, a second demonstration in which Mr. Pjearsenssen attempted to have a monocle shot away from his face resulted in the man permanently losing his eyebrows as the projectile skimmed past – removing monocle, hair follicle and flesh together.

Now, a new type of assassination was born: targets were simply no longer able to hide. Anywhere. Armour-piercing shells in a depleted uranium sabot proved capable of penetrating through 30 feet of steel or 90 feet of concrete before exploding. Worse still, the Vjegoslavian doctrine of “weltschmerz” (literally: world suffering) dictated that targets would no longer be chosen merely from military personnel, but for maximum deleterious effect on public morale. Movie stars, public figures, doctors… none were safe.

In fact, in a final sick twist, a new lottery was born. Targets were selected at random, and notified in advance of their demise. With nowhere to hide, and no-one who would stay near, many of the victims committed suicide before the VI Gun was even aimed in their direction.

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Tele-copter – Eye of Providence

7 Responses to ““Vespid Injector” Car Marks(man) Rifle”

  1. lomodeedee said:

    I’m totally thrilled with the concept of your site / project… very steampunkish… cool…
    (actually, I’m a litle bit jealous to your design, I have to admit:)

    keep up the good work…

  2. admin said:

    Thanks for saying so, Deborah. I’ll be keeping an eye on your site too.

  3. p3lb0x said:

    This is a horrible weapon, HORRIBLE. And the tactics used (VI roulette) are worse than being buried alive

  4. Dr Smilax said:

    Those Vjegoslavians know a few things about scaring people. I expect those of a high enough military rank were able to bribe the gun operators to target specific people too.

  5. Chuck Els said:

    The Vespid Injector is truly an impressive weapon. However, the Vjegoslavians forgot to take one thing into consideration. If perchance the weapon was fired straight into the air…the projectile which would have traces of U235 traveling at 11,000 fps would totally destroy the Van Allen Belt! Needless to say, this would make Mr. Van Allen very unhappy.

  6. Dr Smilax said:

    Yes, that’s over 2 miles per second, or 7,200 mph (approx Mach 10). Couple this with the fact the Vjegoslavians’ “depleted” uranium was still horribly radioactive, I can easily believe that repeated deployment of the VI Gun could disrupt the antimatter within the Belt – with devastating consequences. And not just for Mr Van Allen’s trousers.

  7. shane j said:

    the name of the master armaments engineer sounds familiar from somewhere, I wonder if we’ll be hearing any more about him??