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Gentlemen, the United States now has working Gauss rifles. 8)

This is more likely a Coil Gun, since Rail Guns have a habit of generating so much heat (from friction) that they demagnetize the rails. Coil Guns for artillery and maybe as the main gun for a tank, APC, or other mobilized gear, I could see the Coil Gun being useful. As an individual weapon, I'm uncomfortable with the idea. While it would be much easier to aim and clean, and (since you're using a steel round) would be armor piercing, I wouldn't want to have to worry about getting my rifle wet, or carrying around a bunch of battery packs or spare coils.

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