Here’s a blast from the past for those who remember the Swiss mini gun from over a decade ago. It’s officially the world’s smallest functional revolver and made in Switzerland by SwissMiniGun. Measuring 5.5 cm (2.2 in) long, 3.5 cm (1.38 in) tall and 1 cm (0.39 in) wide and weighing just 19.8g, it uses 2.34mm rimfire ammunition that is also produced by the same company. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Black Sheep Innovations may have come up with the ultimate pickup truck mod for James Bond, law enforcement, or the zombie apocalypse. The company redesigned both the tailgate and taillights of this pickup truck to include hidden storage compartments. Whether it be firearms or just snacks, the taillight compartment can easily be pulled out, thanks to a hidden set of rails. Read more for a video and additional information.
Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Northrop Grumman announced this week that they successfully completed the first flight test of a scramjet-powered hypersonic air-breathing weapon concept (HAWC) for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as well as the U.S. Air Force. A prototype system is set to be delivered to the U.S. Department of Defense some time in the near future. Read more for the news report and additional information.
At $3375 USD, the GR-1 Anvil is a handheld railgun, or gauss rifle, that uses a series of electromagnetic coils to pull a projectile down a barrel. Arcflash Labs claims that it’s capable of firing any ferromagnetic projectile (under 1/2″ in diameter) to 200+ feet-per-second and can produce up to 100 Joules of force, or 75 foot-pounds, making it the most powerful coilgun ever sold to the public. Read more for a video and additional information.
Ballistic gel may sound intimidating, but it’s actually just a solution of gelatin powder in water that simulates the density as well as viscosity of muscle tissue. It’s mainly utilized as the standardized medium for testing firearms ammunition. What it doesn’t do is model the tensile strength of muscles or the structures of the body, like skin / bones, which means testing very low velocity projectiles is quite limited. Read more to see how it fares against an elephant rifle and a 500 Nitro Express.
If you’ve ever watched a spy movie, then a silencer, also known as a suppressor, should be a common sight. It’s designed to reduces the acoustic intensity of a gunshot sound and the recoil when a firearm is discharged, by modulating the speed as well as pressure of the propellant gas from the muzzle. They are normally made of stainless steel or titanium, but what if you were to 3D print one? Read more to see The Mute in-action.
Lockheed Martin’s M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is the United States Army’s most powerful rocket launcher and it’s mounted on a standard Army M1140 truck frame. It’s capable of carrying six rockets or one MGM-140 ATACMS missile on the U.S. Army’s new Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) five-ton truck, and can launch the entire Multiple Launch Rocket System Family of Munitions (MFOM). Read more for a video and additional information.
Utah-based Culper Precision recently unveiled a customization option for their Gen 3 / Gen 4 Glock 19 pistols that make them look like they are built from real LEGO bricks. Called Block19, they were immediately issued a take down order by LEGO, which could mean that nobody was able to purchase one of these $549 – $765 pistols before the option was discontinued. Read more for a short video on the weapon and additional information.
Northrop Grumman’s B-2 Spirit’s successor can now be seen in all its glory with this new artist’s rendering from the US Air Force. This dual-capable penetrating strike stealth bomber will be capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions, forming the backbone of the future Air Force bomber force consisting of B-21s as well as B-52s. The aircraft is nuclear capable and designed to accommodate manned or unmanned operations. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Seaman Riley McDowell
The US Navy’s USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), the world’s largest aircraft carrier, recently completed the first scheduled explosive event in the Atlantic Ocean as part of the carrier’s Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST). Live explosives were used to confirm the design of new ships as well as their ability to withstand and perform in war-like conditions. It was conducted off the East Coast of the United States, within a narrow schedule that complies with environmental mitigation requirements. Read more for two videos and additional information.