Been tinkering with some urban fantasy ideas recently, and I was thinking about gadgets a modern vampire hunter might design and use.

Putting a wooden stake through a vampire’s heart is usually quite effective at either paralyzing them or dusting them outright, depending on the author. Of course, a wooden stake is a lousy weapon in a fight, so usually it’s used after the vamp is already close to defeated.

But what if you could stake a bloodsucker at range? Crossbows could work, but they’re not the only possibility. What about a shotgun which fires wooden slugs?

I’m not a gunsmith or even a gun aficionado, so I’m not sure how feasible that is. What would be the challenges inherent in making wooden shotgun slugs? Would there be a better way to fire stakes into your supernatural enemies from range?

  • @shalafi
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    51 month ago

    41o out of those guns sucks. The rifling makes the shot come out in a pinwheel. I’ve got a derringer like that. Most useless gun I own, out of many.

    You could shoot birdshot at me from 15’ and not a single pellet would land.

    • Beefy-Tootz
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      41 month ago

      No argument there, I have the judge and the accuracy out of the three inch barrel is less than stellar. For my purposes, I run either 410 buckshot, or 45lc. I don’t see a reason to run bird shot or slugs, but I have them just in case. For a close range vampire encounter, I don’t think it would be the worst, a derringer probably gets that title. I’ve used a few of them and they all perform about as poorly as expected, that and they’re just unpleasant to shoot, too much pain in the hands for them. I’m an ideal world for a handgun, I’m leaning towards maybe a 5-7 with silver bullets. High capacity and 5.7 rounds are designed for penetration