Weapons

Throwing Ice Grenades Is Only Slightly Safer Than Tossing The Real Thing

We’ve all seen enough movies and war footage to know what happens after you toss a real grenade, but hurling one made from ice really isn’t that much safer. If you get hit with one of these, it’s going to hurt. And if it does explode, it’s going to send ice cold shrapnel flying in all directions.


Video: The Beautiful Craftsmanship Of Making A Shotgun

Guns are dangerous but making a beautifully ornate gun is basically like unbelievably detailed artwork crossed with masterful machinery work. I love this video showing the steps it takes for a Holland & Holland shotgun to be made because it’s so cool to see all the different methods blend together.


It's Somehow Legal To 3D-Print This Poison Dart Gun

In an attempt to circumvent proposed regulations that would make it illegal to share or distribute blueprints for any kind of homemade gun, Peter Alaric DeSimone has designed a completely legal 3D-printed alternative that shoots .40-calibre blowgun darts instead.


Making A Katana The Old Traditional Japanese Way Is So Impressive

I think this is the most impressive video that Man At Arms has ever done, and that’s saying a lot since they have recreated all the coolest weapons from TV shows and movies in real life. But there’s something ridiculous impressive about making a katana (stylised like the one from Kill Bill) the traditional old school Japanese way.


How Much Power Do Our Favourite Sci-Fi Gadgets Produce?

San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing, so naturally, we’re seeing a lot of iconic scifi gadgets this weekend. But as a faithful Giz reader, if you’re in the market for a fantastical new weapon to defeat your sworn enemies, you’re gonna want specs. How much power does Thor’s hammer or a Jedi lightsabre actually produce?


Nerf's New See-Through Blasters Reveal How Their Firing Mechanisms Work

It looks like Nerf is the latest brand to find it hard to keep its Comic-Con reveals a secret. Yesterday it announced a pair of blasters from a new Doomlands line featuring clear plastic housings that make their firing mechanisms visible so you’ll finally know exactly how those darts get launched.


Making A Meat Cleaver From A Circular Saw Blade

Video: John Heisz is an absolute master at repurposing old things into awesome and beautiful knives and tools. Here he is carving a meat cleaver from an old circular saw blade. The blade on blade cutting action is spectacular, the sanding of the knife is always fun to see and the making of the handle is way more complicated than I thought.


Making A Knife From A Chunk Of Concrete And An Old Shovel

Fashioning beautiful weapons from found objects is always so fascinating to see. How does a person look at a chunk of concrete and see an elaborately detailed knife handle? How can we turn a piece of a shovel into a really sharp knife? Watch John Heisz work his magic below. There are a lot of satisfying noises that go with sawing things down.


The First BOOMco Halo Blasters Will Be San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives

We got our first hands-on with Mattel’s new BOOMco Halo-themed blasters back at Toy Fair, but it looks like the first official opportunity for everyone to get their hands on the new additions to the line will be at the San Diego Comic-Con next month.


In Modern Wars, What Happens To Captured Weapons?

For the U.S. Army, it depends on the type of weapons, and what our needs are.