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Old 03-23-2007, 06:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Pushkin
So would an automatic rifle with a gas operated mechanism suffer at all?
It doesn't seem likely - the gas is bled off from behind the bullet, and the pressure presumably drops very rapidly after the bullet leaves the muzzle even in atmosphere. Having the weapon overheat (in the light) or the lubricant freeze (in the shade) may be more of a problem.