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Laser thread, /k/?
Let's face it: militaries aren't going to use anti-personnel laser weapons openly because any laser weapon powerful enough to cook someone will also blind them millions of times over, which is illegal under the Geneva convention.
That said, for "just" $400, you can already buy 3500 mW pointer which, if somehow attached to your rifle, will massacre your enemies' retinas at 100 - 200m without having to properly aim. It's already far more powerful than needed to permanently blind them. And all of this is before you actually shoot them.
There's no real defense against blinding lasers. Anything that uses light to navigate is in danger, as camera CCDs can be destroyed in a similar way to human retinas. The standard eye protection for lasers is a pair of goggles that will block out the most significant wavelength of the exact laser in use. Unfortunately, the more wavelengths you block, the less light you see. It's even possible to trick people into looking into a laser by exploiting the attention reflex, using a lower-energy torch to grab their attention before blinding them forever.
Not that you should actually try this, of course. It's illegal, irresponsible and unethical. That said, if shit goes down and you feel like flouting international law, lasers are a bit more discriminate than chemical weapons.