Electromagnetic Plasma Rifle

H/T: Jalopnik

Firearms enthusiast Alex has built an electromagnetic plasma rifle that appears to be straight from a video game, or the movie District 9. “Its basically just a big four foot long railgun. It just plugs into a 220v outlet and charges up a capacitor bank. I’m not sure if the neon gas is actually ionized into plasma or not since I can’t see it in flight. But ionizing gas into plasma isn’t too uncommon, just shooting it is (since plasma dissipates instantly unless contained within a vacuum or magnetic field). So I don’t know how exactly its penetrating the metal (plasma burning through it or the copper sleeve just blasting through it) but ya, I’m sure railguns will be more and more portable and powerful over time, it’s just hard to store enough energy to fire multiple shots or have it compact,” said Alex. Click here to view the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of someone who learns how to kickflip in just under 6-hours.

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