The below is an unedited draft of an entry on Mike 'Angel of Death' O'Dwyer that was published in Secrets & Lies. As always, any comments or feedback is most welcome.
The Gun that Fires a Million Bullets a Minute
When we see the coverage of Gulf War III in a few years time, expect to see terrible new US military weapons ranging from the mysterious flying back triangles being tested in our skies today and Metal Storm – an electronic firing system allows for the building of a gun that can fire a million bullets a minute.
Developed by Australian Mike O’Dwyers, the technology behind the Metal Storm guns is the most radical and scary development in ballistic weapons for a century. Instead of using mechanical firing pins to shoot bullets, O’Dwyer’s guns’ hold multiple bullets in the barrel which are set off electronically fractions of a second apart. This allows the bullets to be fired in such rapid succession that the bullets behind each other actually push those in front and increase bullet velocity. In one test, a multi-barrell gun was able to deliver a firing rate of one millions bullets a minute. For anything in the line of fire it was like walking into a wall of molten lead.
Most of the prototype Metal Storm guns that O’Dwyer is developing for the US and Australian military are highly classified. However, one project under development by O’Dwyer and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is ‘Metal Storm Weapons for Urban Environments.’ This features a combination of a Metal Storm prototype 40mm grenade launcher system attached to a robotic unmanned ground vehicle. It will eventually allow US generals to send in robots firing the fastest guns ever developed into urban areas without risking American lives. Imagine how much scarier the still secret projects are.
In his PR, Mike O’Dwyer likes to portray himself as an inventor who has done something worthwhile by creating Metal Storm. He has the chutzpah to say: “Part of my motivation came from the fact that my family understands loss in times of war.” When Alfred Nobel created his famous prizes, it was because the inventor of dynamite had seen an accidentally published orbituary that labelled him ‘The angel of death’. Mr. Dwyer, whatever you say, you are an angel of death.