Weapons

The Best Nerf Gun For Every Kid (At Heart)

As a kid, I strapped a Nerf gun to my bicycle so I could dive bomb the neighbourhood kids while travelling — I imagined — at five times the speed of sound. As an adult, I’ve carried a foam-firing blaster to no fewer than three jobs. But a funny thing happened earlier this year: I realised my old guns weren’t any good anymore.


The Pentagon's New Non-Lethal Mortars Seem Like A Very Good Idea

An estimated 174,000 civilians have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Who knows how many of these casualties could have been prevented if the United States and its allies were using deadly weapons, especially in dense urban areas. So it’s great news that the Pentagon has developed a non-lethal mortar round.



No, Facebook Isn't Reporting People Who Pose With Guns To US Authorties

Is Facebook really reporting people who post pictures of themselves with guns to the Department of Homeland Security? No. It’s just another case of a news “parody” site being mistaken as a legitimate new source.


Graphene Body Armour Will Be Twice As Good As Regular Bulletproof Vests

We know that graphene is super strong, so it should stand to reason that it would be a sensible — if expensive — choice for body armour. Now, scientists have demonstrated that it’s twice as effective as the material currently used to make bullet-proof vests.


Watch A Tiny Sword Forged From Two Nails (And The World's Cutest Anvil)

Imagine a sword. Now think of words that match with that image. Sharp. Steel. Cutting. S-words for $400. None of those are “adorable”, “cute” or “dainty”. But one look at this tiny blade, smithed by the person (or persons) behind Inspire To Make, and you’ll be hunting around for your own miniature tools to forge your own.


The State Of America's Nuclear Bases Is Even More Dire Than We Thought

We’ve known for a while now that the state of the US military’s nuclear infrastructure is… lacking. Like, still-uses-floppy-disks lacking. But according to a New York Times report, American nuclear silos are much more dangerously decayed than anyone thought.


The Destructive Low-Cost Precision Of The Excalibur Artillery Shell

“Raytheon is testing a new laser-guided 155mm artillery shell which adds laser-designation to GPS guidance in order to provide more targeting options and better pinpoint targets on-the-move,” reports DoD Buzz. It’s called the Excalibur S.


Monster Machines: Why The US Navy Is So Concerned About These Russian Missiles

Some folks question why the US Navy would need such exotic weapons as the Phalanx and SeaRAM systems, or even electromagnetic rail guns. These Russian-made, radar-guided anti-ship missiles are two such reasons.


How Fighter Jets Lock On (And How The Targets Know)

The primary technology that a military aircraft uses to lock and track an enemy aircraft is its onboard radar. Aircraft radars typically have two modes: search and track. In search mode, the radar sweeps a radio beam across the sky in a zig-zag pattern. When the radio beam is reflected by a target aircraft, an indication is shown on the radar display. In search mode, no single aircraft is being tracked, but the pilot can usually tell generally what a particular radar return is doing because with each successive sweep, the radar return moves slightly.