The effectiveness of 'modern weaponry'
against vampires and demons has come up on the S.3 thread. The issue isn't season-specific, so this seems a better place to discuss it.
Wooden bullets are an interesting idea that I would love to see tested on Mythbusters
. A variant that I'm fairly sure would work would be loading shotguns with wooden pellets.
Tracer bullets made with white phosphorus might be a better idea. They would burn up the vampires from the inside, without needing to hit the heart.
Ascending the scale, modern militaries have a variety of incendiary weapons - grenades, flamethrowers, artillery shells (also fired by the main guns of armored vehicles), gravity bombs (dropped from aircraft). Riley Finn uses an incendiary grenade to destroy a vampire nest in Fool for Love
Armored vehicles - tanks and personnel carriers - typically have at least two machine guns. I picture one of them loaded with tracer rounds and the other replaced by a flame thrower.
Most military rifles can be fitted with grenade launchers.
Assuming a modern military whose leadership believes in vampires and knows their vulnerabilities, I see them being quite effective. For example, an urban neighborhood that has been overrun by a vampire gang could easily be secured by a platoon of mechanised infantry, supplied with tracer bullets and incendiary grenades, with personnel carriers modified as described and supplied with incendiary rounds for the main guns.
, asking the military to bomb the Hellmouth with napalm or fuel/air explosives would be a much better plan than relying on a mysterious and dubiously sourced piece of jewelry.
Regarding demons other than vampires, explosives work quite well against some of them, like the Judge in Innocence
Edited by David Tomlin, Jun 21, 2011 @ 11:32 PM.