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I've been reading recently about new prototype "smart" guns, which to my understanding are essentially automated scopes. (E.g., http://defensetech.org/2014/01/15/u-...-smart-rifles/)

What if you placed this system on an automatic rifle and combined it with what I will call a smart muzzle brake, which would basically be a square brake with automated louvers on each side. Then, when you began firing, the system would automatically open/close the louvers to create force to move the barrel to stay on a moving target? Basically, this system would harness an automatic rifle's tendency to move to make the weapon more accurate.

A person with far more expertise than me might think this is not feasible, but in my mind anyway, it seemed like an interesting idea. Thoughts?
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Why do that when they already have automated turrets that you can mount everything from an M16 all the way up past a minigun? For your system to be effective the rifle would have to me mounted in some way to make it effective anyways therefore negating the portability of it. Also you need to think of how much carbon build up would affect the mechanism as well... just a few thoughts
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Why do that when they already have automated turrets that you can mount everything from an M16 all the way up past a minigun? For your system to be effective the rifle would have to me mounted in some way to make it effective anyways therefore negating the portability of it. Also you need to think of how much carbon build up would affect the mechanism as well... just a few thoughts
The idea would be for handheld weapons--I agree that a turret could do automated targeting more efficiently.

The carbon buildup would probably be an issue, too. Perhaps you could swap out and clean the brake fairly frequently?
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Personally (as I don't know your intended market I will come from a military perspective) you would not only need to ensure carbon build up doesn't affect the operation, but you would also need to make sure that it would need to function after prolonged exposure to salt water, humid jungle environments, sandy desert (if you have ever experienced moondust in Iraq you will understand).

Also frequently taking it off to clean is not a good idea as it will probably have relatively intricate parts that a PFC will have a hard time not breaking/losing... not to mention the fact that repeated removal causes wear and tear on all associated parts and is a real pain in a battlefield environment.

One other thing is that you would need to ensure that the device does not mess with barrel harmonics causing a POI shift with the device installed/ not installed
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