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The Gustav Gun

Admiring the Gustav Gun

World War 2 was the most devastating war in human history.  If we forget about the events that ended the war thousands of miles away, Germany, Europe and the rest of the combatants used plenty of conventional weapons to wreck havoc on each other for nearly 6 years.

The above shows Hitler and some generals admiring the massive Gustav Gun.  A weapon so large that it was mounted on rails.  It fired shells over 30 inches in diameter weighing 7 tons at a range of nearly 30 miles.  The main purpose was to utterly destroy the forts of the Maginot Line.  Though it was transported and used in Operation Barbarossa.

Unfortunately, it was destroyed by the Germans themselves in order to prevent it’s capture by those damned Commies towards the end of the war in 1945.  And while there have been more massively wide guns made, The Gustav remains the largest caliber rifle ever used in war time.

Check out this quick little video regarding some of the famous railroad guns:


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Gunpowder Painting

Wyoming artist Danny Shervin uses gunpowder to make his art.  Yes, he does exactly what you are thinking, places each individual grain of gunpowder in a design, and lights it on fire.  I understand that hours are spent hand placing each grain, what I don’t understand is the prices he’s commanding for his art.  I guess these are one of a kind pieces that take many hours to make, it still seems expensive though, and it still requires an artful eye, of which I only have for photography.


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Exploding Balloons

TheBackyardScientist has set up some backyard experiments with balloons filled with cornstarch and water. This mixture forms what is called a non-newtonian fluid.  It’s liquid when at rest, but hit it with a sharp, quick force and it turns into a solid.  In the video above they compare balloons filled with water to those filled with this substance.  All in all it’s pretty standard stuff.  The best bit however is when they shoot it with a golf ball.  Oh, did I mention that they have a high speed camera set up filming this?  They do, that’s what makes this so fun.  And the golf ball shot, that’s awesome.

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DIY Railgun

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reddit user zebralemur has made the world’s most powerful civilian made electro-magnetic railgun.  A railgun for those who don’t know is a type of weapon that uses alternating electric currents to accelerate a slug to super speeds.  No explosion necessary.  It’s usually very powerful and very dangerous.  But also very difficult, and very dangerous to make.  capicators

It took them over 2 years to acquire all of the capacitors necessary for this project, and he somehow managed to get them for an average cost of $46 each, when they go new for over $800 apparently.  So that’s a score.  The rest of the cost of the build he doesn’t go into too much.  But I imagine it’s probably north of $10,000 total.  And it doesn’t look like it’s any more powerful then a standard 12 gauge shotgun, but it’s way cooler, that’s for sure.

It is a first version, so I’m sure it suffers from the cost overruns, and R&D that version 1 of everything does, so I think if they put their mind to it, they could get the total price down quite a bit.  Especially once they get the economies of scale involved.  And, since it’s not any more dangerous then a regular rifle, or any more accurate, I don’t think they’d have trouble with the ATF, but they probably would.

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I like the “bullets” or slugs really, they remind me of teeth, aluminum teeth that are traveling at a few hundred miles per hour, and will probably travel straight through me if given the chance.

Take a look at his Imgur album to see a very detailed process of how it looks and works, and just how awesome it really is.  And before that, here’s one more gif of the crazy:

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Underwater AK-47

It should come as no surprise to you that I am a fan of the Soviet Made AK-47.  Well, actually, maybe it should, considering just how anti-Soviet I actually am, but there’s just no denying a well made machine, and one thing the AK-47 is, is a well made machine, (at least, the original Soviet made versions, the newer Chinese made ones not so much).

The AK-47 is legendary for it’s ability to be subject to the harshest conditions man can dream up, and still fire.  Well, reddit user Onlydead has a high speed video of someone firing an AK-47, while it’s underwater.  There’s not much else to it, but I thought it’s worth the 19 seconds of your time. (60 if you include all the reading you had to do already, sorry).


Helical Magazines


Reddit user Oelund has put together a nice imgur album explaining how Helical Magazines work for firearms.  It’s nice, it goes with the How a 1911 works.  If you read through the whole imgur album you’ll see the basics of how the magazine was extended, then slanted, then turned onto itself, but it still follows the same basic principle, a spring pushes a column of bullets into the chamber.

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Cups of Guns

Cups is a pretty addicting song, it stays in your head and is actually not bad.  Playing The Cup Song with guns, now that is a step in the right direction.  Welcome to the new year guys.

Here’s the regular version:


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Stumble XX – Return of the Wrong

Where to begin?  It’s been awhile since there have been equal parts amazing, awesome, memorizing, and just plain wrong in a single Stumble Bust.  This is a few months in the making, but I figure I might as well post it now.  I’m afraid that if I wait any longer I might mortally offend some people.

So without further ado, (if you’re reading this from an RSS feed that is), here are the latest wrong stumbles. (If you’re reading this on the actual home page, well then you gotta click something else, sorry).

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The Workings of a 1911

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The series of animated gifs on this site explaining how the  1911  handgun works are amazing.  The detail in each one is superb, and easily explains exactly how this famous weapon works.  The way the arrows and lines follow each item as it moves is great.  Even if you know exactly how the gun works, you should take a look at these images, they’re just fun to watch.

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The AA-12

Nothing else needs to be said about this gun, just listen to the crazy Russian, and then find out where you can buy it while you

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still can.