As a challenge and exercise I have been designing a realistic sci-fi gun that I hope to make into a prop. After a lot of sketching, drawing, erasing and redrawing I have something that I think I am happy with.
My original idea was to make a futuristic electric weapon. I settled on a “Coil Gun” design because I thought it would make a more realistic small arm. Or in other words, I thought I could make it into something that I, as a soldier, would actually want to carry around. My intent was to make it as practical as possible. After studying how a coil gun worked and what the internal parts would need to be I tried to think about what it would be like to carry it around and use it under stress. Ergonomics and weight distribution are very important. I also tried to think about how this would be maintained and serviced. How you would take it apart to clean or clear a jam. Finally, but not least importantly, I put a lot of thought into how to construct it.
What do you think? Would you like to see this realized in physical form?