What is OCE?
OCE stands for Offensive Energy Capability. It’s a term I am using here to put a solid, you-can-math-it way of comparing weapons. It’s an index based on rate of fire in rounds-per-minute (RPM) and muzzle-energy at shot-time.
It lets us rationally compare big, slow guns, like bolt-action hunting rifles in “military calibers” against small, rapid firing SMG-like weapons firing “pistol calibers”.
Thompson Flintlock, rounds per minute, max, 2.
2x 1948 ft-lbs = 3,896 OCE
Beretta M9 w/9×19mm Parabellum, rounds per minute, max, 45 (3×15).
45x 405 ft-lbs = 18,225 OCE
Colt 9mm SMG w/9×19mm Parabellum, rounds per minute, max, 700 (21×32)
700x 405 ft-lbs = 283,500 OCE
Colt AR-15 w/5.56×45mm NATO, rounds per minute, max, 90 (3×30)
90x 1784 ft-lbs = 160,560 OCE.
Colt AR-15 w/5.56×45mm NATO, with bump stock, rounds per minute, max, 600 (20×30)
600x 1784 ft-lbs = 1,070,400 OCE
FN SCAR w/7.62×51mm NATO, rounds per minute, max, 600 (20×30)
600x 2511 ft-lbs = 1,506,600 OCE
… So here’s my suggestion to all you “2A” people that keep telling me that you need guns to be “safe”. Let’s use your apparently more sacred-than-human-lives “2A”.
You’re allowed to have any weapon that tails in at less than twice the Offensive Energy Capability, or OCE, of the Thompson Flintlock. That was the weapon of the “2A” era, and if you say that the “2A” can’t be change in meaning, then neither can the benchmark tech.
So, your cap is an OCE of 7800. I don’t care how you get there. If it was good enough for the guys who wrote the “2A”, it’s good enough for you.
Oh? What’s that? You need bigger and better guns to defend yourself against your government, you say?
The General Atomics MQ-1 Predator is an American remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) built by General Atomics that was used primarily by the United States Air Force (USAF) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Initially conceived in the early 1990s for aerial reconnaissance and forward observation roles, the Predator carries cameras and other sensors. It was modified and upgraded to carry and fire two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles or other munitions. The aircraft entered service in 1995, and saw combat in war in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the NATO intervention in Bosnia, Serbia, Iraq War, Yemen, 2011 Libyan civil war, the 2014 intervention in Syria, and Somalia.
It fires two of these at things it’s Government-paid operator decides need to die:
The AGM-114 Hellfire is an air-to-surface missile (ASM) first developed for anti-armor use, but later models were developed for precision strikes against other target types, and have been used in a number of targeted killings of high-profile individuals. It was originally developed under the name Heliborne, Laser, Fire and Forget Missile, which led to the colloquial name “Hellfire” ultimately becoming the missile’s formal name. It has multi-mission, multi-target precision-strike ability, and can be launched from multiple air, sea, and ground platforms, including the Predator drone. The Hellfire missile is the primary 100-pound (45 kg) class air-to-ground precision weapon for the armed forces of the United States and many other nations.
The warhead is a Metal Augmented Charge (MAC); 18 lb (8 kg) shaped charge, which uses blast & fragmentation effects. That is 5.0 MJ/kg; that is 40 MJ of energy released.
1 megajoule = 737,562 ft-lbs of energy released. 40 x 737,562 ft-lbs = 29,502,480 ft-lbs of energy.
Per warhead. That is a OCE of 590,004,960.