Lockheed Martin's new 30-kilowatt fiber laser called Athena managed to burn through a truck manifold in seconds, despite being fired by a team from Lockheed Martin positioned more than a mile away. The system uses a technique known as spectral beam combining to blend multiple laser modules to create a single, powerful, high-quality beam. This is done for greater 'efficiency and lethality' than the multiple individual 10-kilowatt lasers used in other systems. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
A silencer is basically a device attached to or part of the barrel of a firearm or air gun which reduces the amount of noise and visible muzzle flash generated by firing. They're typically constructed of a metal cylinder with internal mechanisms to reduce the sound of firing by slowing the escaping propellant gas and sometimes by reducing the velocity of the bullet. This is what it looks like when sliced in half. Continue reading for a video comparison (with and without silencer) and additional information.
Gadget hacker Patrick Priebe unveils his latest creation, a real-life League of Legends Jinx gun. Sporting a rosewood grip, white / blue LEDs in the barrel, gold-painted aluminum accents, and Steampunk-inspired brass. It comes equipped with a balloon-popping/hole-burning 1.6-watt blue laser and a "lightning-in-a-jar"-type feature in the rear filled with xenon gas - when voltage is applied, the arcing electrical "streamers" are the result. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Not just a rifle, this Smart Gun for the Canadian Armed Forces is capable of firing new lightweight telescoped ammunition, and a secondary effects module that adds either a three-round 40 mm grenade launcher or a 12-gauge shotgun. That's not all, there's also a NATO-standard power and data bus that enables users to attach smart accessories, such as electro-optical sights and position sensors that connect to command and control networks. Continue reading for a video and more information.
If a Walking Dead-like scenario ever becomes a reality, no amount weapons, ammo or food will be enough, but should you need to survive for a short period until shelter is found, the Taurus First 24 Judge Kit has what you need. Featuring a Taurus AimPro-tuned Judge (.45 Colt/.410) pistol, with two Bianchi Speed Strips, a CRKT Sting knife and the Brite-Strike ELPI flashlight provides 160 lumens to lead the way out of the darkness. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
The original Bug-A-Salt is no slouch, but the updated 2.0 version is not only more powerful, but uses less salt too. Plus, it has a quick action safety for increased rate of fire, a textured hand grip, and stronger material so the gears do not break as easily. If you don't like the original yellow color, you'll be glad to know that it's now also available in camouflage. Product page for original. Continue reading to see it in-action.
Iain Sinclair's Cardsharp2 is no ordinary knife, as it folds up flat like a credit card when not in use. Unlike similar products, this model is thinner and lighter, due to its use of 420 series surgical stainless steel. Don't let its slim design fool you, this knife is sharp enough to easily cut through an automobile safety belt in an emergency. You can pick one up for just $2.80 shipped here. Continue reading for a video review and additional information.
Soft Armour is no ordinary bulletproof wall, as it's filled with ceramic balls. While it sounds like nothing special, it's designed to stop bullets from penetrating and ricocheting the wall. According to its creators, "Saab's Soft Armour system offers protection against ballistic penetration up to NATO 7.62 mm AP ammunition (STANAG level III). The system is a box concept filled with hard ceramic balls. The system is especially designed to enhance survivability and can be fitted to any structure prior to missions, or even retrofitted to existing structures in operational theatre." Continue reading for another video and more information.
Wenger's 16999 Giant Swiss Army Knife is currently the world's most complex with a whopping 87 implements that perform 141 functions, making it the only tool you'll need to get any job done. Whether in your pack or on display, this massive tool is sure to be a conversation piece. Unfortunately, the $2149 knife is currently sold out, but apparently, there have been many people over the years who've enjoyed its service. For those who want the next best thing, check out the Victorinox SwissChamp XAVT, which packs 80 functions and is priced much lower than its big brother. Product page. Continue reading to see more reviews.
For the first time in history, the US Navy will publicly demonstrate their crazy railgun at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington D.C. on February 4. The U.S. Navy plans to integrate a railgun that has a range of over 160 km (100 mi) onto a ship by 2016. By that time the Navy expects to have a weapon that can fire multiple projectiles per minute. The hyper-velocity rounds weigh 10 kg (23 lb) and cost about $25,000 each. Continue reading for a video and more information.