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Armatix IP1

We have seen the future of handguns, and it includes the Armatix Smart System iP1, a .22-caliber pistol that only fires when it detects that the user is wearing a special RFID-enabled watch. Once detected, the internal safety mechanism releases and it's ready to fire. If someone without the watch - requires PIN number activation - is holding the gun nothing happens when the trigger is pulled. Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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AR-15 Ghost Gun

Photo credit: Andy Greenberg / Josh Valcarcel / WIRED

Yes, "ghost gun" is a real term used to describe untraceable firearms. Andy Greenberg made the AR-15 you see above at WIRED's downtown San Francisco office one cloudy afternoon. "All I needed for my entirely legal DIY gunsmithing project was about six hours, a 12-year-old's understanding of computer software, an $80 chunk of aluminum, and a nearly featureless black 1-cubic-foot desktop milling machine called the Ghost Gunner," says Greenberg. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Laser Shotgun

YouTube user "styropyro", known for his mind-blowing laser creations, is back with his latest project: a 40W laser shotgun. It's powered by a lithium-polymer battery pack and constructed with eight parallel 5W laser beams fastened to a large heatsink that uses lenses to manipulate its power, creating a giant diode laser array regulated by 24 LM317 drivers. Continue reading to see it in-action.

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Folding Survival Bow

Having an extreme tactical bow around in case of a zombie apocalypse is smart, but most of those are just too large to carry around in a normal bag. Introducing the Compact Folding Survival Bow by Primal Gear Unlimited. Weighing just 2.25-pounds due to its aircraft-grade aluminum and fiberglass construction, it's capable of a sufficient 181-feet-per-second arrow speed and can be adjusted to accommodate both left and right handed users. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Ripsaw EV2 Tank

Ever wonder what that Batmobile would look like as a luxurious tank? If so, then look no further than the Ripsaw EV2 (Extreme Vehicle 2). It's claimed to be world's fastest dual tracked vehicle, and comes equipped with powerful diesel engine that generates 600-horsepower. On the outside, the tank sports a stealthy black paint job with a high-tech interior, filled with LED lights. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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XM42 Handheld Flamethrower

In case of zombie apocalypse, having an XM42, the world's first legal portable flamethrower, is probably a good idea. Chris Byars, CEO of Ion Productions, the company behind the XM42, told CNET: "It is unique in its internal operation compared to most flamethrowers through history, however, and it is the only one available that does not require an external pressurized fuel tank that needs to be carried around." You can pick one up from $699. Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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Scharde SCHA5B Knife

Schrade's SCHA5B Magic Folding Knife looks to be straight from a sci-fi flick, but it's a real gadget, and can be picked up for $40 shipped, this week only, originally $69. Featuring a 3.5" fine edge blade crafted from durable, bead blasted AUS-8 high carbon stainless steel that is designed to take withstand the elements and more. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review and more information.

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TrackingPoint Smart Rifle


You may have seen or heard about TrackingPoint's $20,000 XS1 Smart Rifle in the past, but recently new videos demonstrating just how accurate it is have surfaced, including one decimating an HTC M8 smartphone. What makes it a "smart rifle" is its Linux-powered scope that transmits image data to a display, similar to one you'd see sitting in a fighter jet cockpit, that shows the weapon's compass orientation, cant, as well as the incline. How does it work? Well, you first have to "mark" the target using a button near the trigger, thereby illuminating it with the tracking scope's built-in laser, and once that's complete, the scope analyzes the data before reorienting the display so the crosshairs show where the round will go. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including Mario Kart: Fury Road.

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M4 Tactical Crossbow

No, this isn't a prop from The Walking Dead, but a real weapon. That's right, the M4 Tactical Crossbow from Tactical Tech Zone has been equipped with a red dot laser sight / scope, blue SWAT light attachments, along with an LED flashlight to catch the zombies that may be lurking in dark corners. If you happen to run out of arrows, it also comes equipped with a 180 steel ball magazine, all packaged within a sleek carrying case for easy transport. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Triple Barrel Shotgun

When the zombie apocalypse arrives, a double barrel shotgun may not be enough to fend off the undead, and that's where Chiappa's triple barrel shotguns come into play. Available in Triple Crown and Triple Threat models, these shotguns are equipped with three 18.5-inch barrels and Rem-choke. You can partially disassemble the wooden stock attached to the 12 gauge shotgun, since the main purpose is to provide home protection. While the monoblock constructed firearm has no barrel select, you can still shoot in a clockwise order beginning with the bottom right barrel. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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