Shooting Down a Tiny Drone Is Nearly Impossible, Even with Machine Guns

Turns out, those drone hunting permits that Colorado wisely declined to issue earlier this year man not have done much good anyway. As this video shows, hitting a drone on the wing is really, really hard. Even if you bring fully automatic weapons to the party. » 4/14/14 1:40pm Monday 1:40pm

Join the Debate: 3D Printed Guns or Government Regulation?

Here's the question: in a world where the design of a 3D printed gun is freely available on the internet, can we—or should we–regulate open source design? Or are limits impossible in a world of anonymous file sharing? Does any attempt at control go against the whole spirit of open source, decentralized innovation? » 4/01/14 2:00pm 4/01/14 2:00pm

This Smart Attachment Makes Judge Dredd's Lawgiver Gun a Reality

In the 2000 AD comics, anyone who had the balls to disarm the brutal Judge Dredd and attempt to use his Lawgiver pistol against him would be left flailing, with the weapon smart enough to know when it wasn't being wielded by the lawman. It's a concept that's now set to become a reality thanks to the Sentinl… » 3/27/14 7:45am 3/27/14 7:45am

Ballet of bullets: Firing a fully automatic rifle in super slow motion

Peaceful isn't the right word, obviously. Quiet isn't exactly correct either. Cathartic may be closest. That's what it feels like to see a fully automatic assault rifle be fired in super slow motion. The bullets come one after the other in a relentless barrage but there's a certain amount of detachment to its power and … » 2/18/14 8:20pm 2/18/14 8:20pm

Man pretends to be shot by violent movie posters

There's a lot of violence in movies and TV shows. Guns, blood and murder are welcomed into the family living room by the bleary eyes of desensitized souls. But it's entertaining! But it's also pretty ridiculous how un-shocking it is to see. We can pass violent ads without giving it a second look. This artist wants us… » 1/30/14 9:38pm 1/30/14 9:38pm

All the Crazy Stuff People Tried to Bring on Airplanes Last Year

TSA screened 638,705,790 passengers in 2013, and as we learned last year, if you look deeply within the possessions of that many people, you're gonna find some weird stuff. Tons of weird stuff. Here's a rundown of the craziest objects TSA found in 2013. » 1/24/14 10:00am 1/24/14 10:00am

The 20 Weirdest, Coolest Liquor Bottles in the World

Generally speaking, it's what's inside a bottle that counts. It could come out of a yak udder just as long as it still tastes like a fine, single-malt Scotch. Still, there's nothing wrong with a little creative packaging. And booze bottles come in some of the most creative, decadent, and just plain bizarre designs you… » 1/17/14 5:00pm 1/17/14 5:00pm

Russia is developing ground drone army—including amphibious models

Russia is developing weaponized ground drones, including some big amphibious models like the one you can see here. Add the thousands of combat air drones from many nations already flying through the world and it's not crazy to think in a full robotic war happening before 2020 somewhere in the world. » 1/16/14 5:17am 1/16/14 5:17am

Reddit Has a Burgeoning Gun Market and Its Sales Numbers Are Shocking

Reddit's great for many things: funny pictures, interesting factoids, revealing crowd-sourced interviews. Also, assault rifles. Mother Jones just published an unnerving investigation into the little known gun market tucked into the GunsForSale subreddit, and the numbers are disturbing. » 1/08/14 5:20pm 1/08/14 5:20pm

The Coolest Toys from the 1911 FAO Schwarz Catalog

Smithsonian's Around the Mall blog recently dug up an awesome FAO Schwarz catalog from 1911, found over at the Internet Archive. It's filled with some pretty fantastic toys, including airship-themed board games, Kodak cameras, and carriages led by sheep. But these gifts didn't come cheap. » 12/24/13 12:01pm 12/24/13 12:01pm

Shooting a gun with Google Glass looks frighteningly like a video game

Here's what it looks like to fire a weapon. Oh? You're not impressed? Right. I understand. Because every first person shooter video game that kids play these days looks exactly like this. Hell, to be honest, the video games might look even more realistic than real life (if that makes any sense). » 12/16/13 4:30pm 12/16/13 4:30pm