22 thoughts on “What Caliber for Robot Dogs?

  1. What caliber? .22 LR or better.

    That doesn’t appear to be a system with fault tolerance or the ability to adapt to combat damage.

    When an opponent fields such a system, nick it. Exert minor damage, such that they send the unit back for maintenance or repairs. Don’t destroy it. Destroyed things get thrown away. Damaged things soak up resources in diagnostics and repair.

    • There’s a real fuzzy line between ‘Field’ and ‘Sustainment’ maintenance in the .mil. And even then, lots of units have that higher level rather close at hand.
      To make sure the thing won’t be quickly returned to service, it’s easier to just ‘kill it’.

      • Looks like a ripoff of American designs to me. Although quadrupedal robots probably would all look quite similar. Would they have a problem in China with humanoid robots eating the dog-like robots as a delicacy?

  2. Calibers for that doggie?
    Go long on M855 5.56 and 7.62 Soviet.
    Aim for armament kill first, then mobility.
    For longer engagement ranges. Find older .30-06 M2AP Armor Piercing ammo, which can be used as is, or broken down and the 168 grain bullets used to load any of the .300 magnums

    I wouldn’t expect them to be heavily armored. That means added weight and that affects performance at all levels

    I almost forgot; Suicide drones and claymore type booby traps with impact sensitive HE

    • All my sources dried up years ago. But then, I have not looked recently.

      Sadly, black tips are not known for long-range accuracy.

  3. They just strapped a bullpup rifle upside-down on the top of their robot.
    Who is going to follow this thing around to change it’s magazines? Shoot that guy with whatever you’ve got. If someone already shot that guy, put a round through the lower receiver that’s just sticking up there and it will have to go back for service.
    Of course, there’s no way China would send this into a hostile environment where return fire is expected. This looks like it’s intended for domestic population control.

  4. Are these things autonomous or remote-controlled? Given that we’re dealing with communists, I’d expect “remote controlled”. If so, the answer is the usual one: target the controller.

  5. Obviously firing blanks, so recoil mitigation not demonstrated. Otherwise my comment is “this is an autonomous machine gun delivery service.” Take out the legs and you are better equipped for the next one.


  6. Proper response: a short burst from the 40mm M19. Or the Russian 30mm equivalent with triple the range.

  7. Thats funny. The thing is about as useless as it gets. Probably carrying a 5.8×42 Chinese rounds. (The black smoke tells you all you need to know.) Kind of like a 6 ARC. But not able to handle the longer 105 gr. bullets.
    Wonder what the battery life looks like? One could stop the thing with a bolo around it’s legs.
    If you ever see one on the street. Just let it walk around till it runs out of battery, and shoot whoever comes to tend the thing.
    (Expensive, but far more useful as a suicide bomber-bot-doggie.)
    And I’m sure Boston Dynamics already has a humanoid version. So we will probably be dealing with that before the doggie-bot thing shows up.
    Bolo’s will be an answer for that one to.

    • How are you going to get close enough to use a bolo when there is a squad of them shooting at you,

      • Ya, running up and throwing something at them probably wouldn’t be the smart play.
        I’m more trying to point out their weakest link. Robotics are great. But getting something from around their legs is going to require dexterity not many robot will have. Hook-net traps work good on humans. Why not robots?
        Something else to think about is ground faulting? Can their micro-circuits handle 100,000 volts or better from a stun-gun? Frying processors?
        Might be a better longer range answer? Easier trap?

  8. Or if one can/has the position to aim well enough. one round in the magazine/gun leaves them with a toy. Not a weapon.

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