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Miniature Portal Gun Replica More Affordable Than Its Larger Cousin

People are clearly in love with the game Portal. Why not? It’s a great way to spend a weekend and once you’ve contorted your brain through its mountain of puzzles, you too will likely develop an affection for its various artifacts. Just this summer we told you about Portal Turret replica. And today we’re bringing news of a smaller version of the Portal Gun that came out a while ago. It’s only 1 ft. long and weighs about 1 lb. It’s got orange and blue LEDs and emits a unique sound that corresponds to each color and it works pretty much like the gun in the game, minus the portal creating abilities. Purchase-o-mania (aka Christmas) is coming, so this could make a pretty cool gift, especially considering the “handsome, full-color gift box” it comes in. $60 will tick one box from that list of yours. It’s designed and sold by ThinkGeek, so you know it’ll be great!

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3D Printing Gone Askew: Man Prints Assault Rifle At Home

Being able to print objects at home is all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Or prints a fully functional assault rifle. That’s just what gun enthusiast “HaveBlue” did, using a Stratasys device (though which model printer exactly isn’t specified). Now to be fair, he didn’t print the entire rifle. First he made a .22 caliber pistol and successfully managed to shoot over 200 rounds with that. He then tried to turn it into a rifle by connecting the receiver to a .223 upper receiver but “had feed and extraction issues.” This is not much consolation however since the receiver is really what counts a the “gun” and the rifle’s failure might have been due to a faulty .223 upper receiver than to a defect with his printed part.

Now we’re not familiar with gun laws, so we’re wondering just how legal this is. Can you print your own guns at home? Or is there no legislation to address this since, well, no one figured it could be done?

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BugASalt Is A Shotgun That Kills Flies With A Pinch Of Salt

By David Ponce

The BugASalt is a plastic shotgun of sorts that expels a pinch of salt a high speed with the aim of killing flies (or other undesirable insects, we suppose). It works. It’s freaking brilliant! The fly is pierced multiple times with tiny sodium chloride pellets, killed instantly. There’s no splatter, no mess like with flyswatters. Only the thrill of the hunt. With an effective range of 3ft. you can stay far away enough that the unsuspecting insects will just wait around blissfully unaware of their impending destruction. If we owned a BugASalt we’d probably leave some food lying around to attract flies and give ourselves something to shoot… and end up emptying our salt reserves all over the floor within the hour, making a mess after all.

It’s $30 on pre-order at IndieGogo. People are understandably excited and the campaign has reached $67,000+ on a $15k goal. Not sure when the shipping date is, though. Still, you should hit the jump for a great video of it in action and for the links.

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This Rifle Fits Inside Its Own Stock, Is Waterproof

By David Ponce

You never know when you’re going to be on a burning plane, careening down towards an alligator infested lake. It’s just one of those things. Provided you survive the crash and are given enough time to get your bearings however, having the above Henry U.S. Survival AR-7 rifle in your backpack could help you wade your way through the gators and to some kind of safety. At just (just 3.5 lbs) and 16 ½” long when stowed, you’ll barely even know it’s there. Several layers of Teflon coating help with the waterproofing, even in harsh saltwater environments. It uses .22 LR ammunition, which is lightweight and fairly easy to carry in large numbers. It’s available in camo or black finishes and surprisingly doesn’t cost very much: $339 in camo and $275 in black.

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Man Build Gun That Shoots Lightning Rays


By David Ponce

Nikola Tesla was a genius. Any geek worth his salt knows this. He was also certifiably insane, which is probably why he was denied credit for much of his inventions. But most of you have probably heard of the Tesla Coil, that device TV shows are very fond of for its ability to produce some fantastic electric discharges. Well, a man by the name of Rob Flickenger has put the device to good use and made a gun out of it. That’s right, Rob’s device is a gun that shoots lighting rays; he calls it The Tesla Gun. There’s no thunder of course, because it’s not actual lightning, but man, that thing shoots some mean electric arcs and can be pointed at stuff. When it doesn’t find ground, it just kind of shoots stuff all over. The gun housing is made from melted down aluminum cans, which was poured into a mold made from a Nerf gun.

The final working Tesla Gun is a portable spark gap Tesla coil that is powered by an 18V drill battery. The electrical system is composed of the aforementioned drill battery along with a flyback transformer that steps the 18V to around 20,000V. A bank of capacitors stores the charge that is then used to strobe the coil itself. The primary and secondary coils are made of ABS plastic wrapped with copper wire, and are used to direct the charge outward through an aluminum toroid (the “barrel” of the gun).

We gotta say, Rob channels the mad scientist look quite well. And he’s done a good job of detailing a step by step of how he made this. So head on over to the links below and watch science in the making.

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Some Guy In Spain Makes A Triple-Barreled Handgun

By David Ponce

This interconnected series of tubes we call the Internet sure has a way to provide us eager internauts with a never ending supply of WTFs. Sometimes there’s a fair amount of detail and information surrounding the WTF, but very often there isn’t. Such is the case with the above, a triple-barreled handgun that allegedly shoots 6.35mm rounds, and was made by someone in Spain. Yes, it’s allegedly a one-off creation so you can’t buy it, nor are we certain you’d want to. Judging by the finish on some of those parts, it looks like someone had some spare time in shop class and decided to see if he could do something special. We can’t be sure if it fires three shots at once, but we’re assuming it does. And at a 6.35mm caliber, it better fire three if it has any hope of seriously stopping whatever is down its sights.

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DoubleTap .45 Caliber Pistol Is World’s Smallest

By David Ponce

Usually when you think of a .45 caliber pistol, you think of something meaty and large, like a Glock or the classic Colt .45. But Heizer Defense’s DoubleTap Tactical Pocket Pistol does away with big, opting instead for an almost cute 5/8 of an inch wide, 12 ounce double action gun. Double action meaning that one pull of the 10lbs trigger will eject both rounds simultaneously. Unfortunately, there’s no traditional magazine, so you’re stuck having to reload manually, although the butt contains two more rounds that are held together by a speed strip “so you can do a tactical reload.” It’s still only 4 rounds on the gun itself which may be a deal breaker for some. But considering the kind of firepower you’re looking at, and especially given that it’s two bullets being fired at once… you should be just fine, as long as you can hit a target. The DoubleTap also features interchangeable barrels so that you can use 9mm rounds as well.

The aluminum version is $500 and for $750, you can get a titanium DoubleTap.

Hit the jump for another picture and a demo video (no shooting, unfortunately).

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Video: New iPad Hit With Heavy Ammunition In Slow Motion

By David Ponce

Geeks tend to like new gadgets. That’s why you’re here. But they also like things that are awesome. Weapons can sometimes be pretty awesome. So it stands to reason that combining the two and filming the union in slow motion makes for some pretty crazy footage. In the above video, you can see Apple’s newest iPad take a few hits from a couple of different projectiles. First, it’s a bunch of 0.223 rounds fired from an HK53 assault rifle. But that’s just the appetizer. Then, it’s a Benelli M4 Super 90 shotgun packing some very special cartridges. They’re full of flechettes (little steel arrows) and bolo rounds (these are two metal balls joined by a wire). The damage this time, is pretty impressive.

And that’s it really. Just some dude shooting an iPad.

VIA [ Geekologie ]

DIY Airsoft Project Gets Two Upgrades: $4 Version And “Flamethrower” Version

By David Ponce

A week ago we featured a homemade Airsoft gun project that chewed through pellets like Eric Cartman gets through Cheezy Poofs. It looked like a fun, cheap ($15) project but a new video shows us how to make it even better. In one case, YouTube user Nighthawinlight details how to drop the overall cost to $4 and to make the device completely handheld. This involves manually squeezing a soda bottle to create the pressure to expel the pellets; the results are a lot more impressive than you’d imagine.

In the other case, he ramps things up by hooking the original “gun” to a portable source of air pressure which does away with a compressor altogether. It involves pressure-rated PVC pipes and a backpack, and you end up looking like you’re wearing a flamethrower outfit. Only instead of deadly flames turning your enemies to dust, you get a fearsome stream of pellets that… well, that are still going to get you in a heap of trouble if you point them at anyone.

Check out the video to learn how to make your own.

VIA [ Technabob ]