Weapons

What's Inside A Shotgun Shell And Why

A shotgun shell can achieve anything from lightly peppering a clay target at close range to taking down a deer at 32m. And that huge variance in capability can all come out the business end of a single gun. That’s because you can precisely tailor what’s inside a shell to your specific needs. Here’s how.


Missing Restricted Military Gear Keeps Popping Up For Sale On Ebay

A few years ago, the Pentagon started misplacing some very expensive and highly sensitive equipment. As if that weren’t embarrassing enough, the equipment has since started appearing on sites like Ebay and Craigslist.


Making A Real-Life Version Of Link's Shield From The Legend Of Zelda

Video: Making a real-life version of Link’s iconic Hylian Shield from the Legend of Zelda may be the most impressive weapon Man at Arms: Reforged has ever made. It required a perfect design, a lot of grunt work in curving the metal sheet, expert embossing and basically melting pieces of metal together to form the final shield.


This Pigeon Guided Missile System Was (Thankfully) Never Deployed

Yesterday, in 1904, psychologist BF Skinner was born. His contribution to the world? This pigeon-guided missile system, among other things. Yes, actually.


What Lockheed's New Laser Can Do

Briefly: Lockheed Martin recently tested its new Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) laser — not to be confused with the Navy’s laser — on the Ford F-150 pictured above. The weapons system hit the truck’s running engine from a mile away. The engine doesn’t run any more.


What Is The Best Thing To Do When A Grenade Is Thrown At You?

Ideally you’ll never be in the situation in the first place, but let’s say a grenade is being lobbed at your face — what should you do? An anonymous US Infantry veteran schools us. Hint: unless you’re Captain America, don’t try to throw it back.


A Silencer Cut In Half Is Pretty Cool Indeed

Briefly: Since I was a kid and I saw James Bond screwing a silencer into his gun I kept wondering two things: What a silencer’s inside looks like, and how can it mute the sound of a gun firing so efficiently. Well, the picture above answers the first question and this animated infographic by SilencerCo, the second.


This Sci-Fi Smart Gun Could Be The Colt .45 Of The Future

The above Terminator-like weapon is Colt’s latest, greatest invention. Developed with Defence Research and Development Canada, this is the smart gun Canada wants to fight the wars of the future. And it’s hard to look at this insane level of firearm innovation and not think about the birth of the Colt .45.


The Computer Simulation That Almost Started World War III

Remember the 1983 movie WarGames? The film is about a computer “game” with the potential to start thermonuclear war. But strangely this scenario is more truth than fiction. Because in 1979 programmers at NORAD almost started World War III when they accidentally ran a computer simulation of a Soviet attack.


A Soft, Stuffed Chainsaw Takes Pillow Fights To A Whole New Level

Everyone had that favourite, heavy, feather-stuffed pillow that was their not-so-secret weapon during a sleepover battle. But a pillow doesn’t come anywhere near being as awesome as Factory Entertainment’s new line of Zombie-battling stuffed toys that includes what could be the world’s first plush chainsaw.


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