Obama's Ban on Military Gear for Police Won't Fix the Real Problem

American cities resemble war zones during times of protest. Now, Washington’s going to try to fix this problem by rolling back a 25-year-old program that supplied local police forces with free surplus military gear. It’s about damn time—but unfortunately, it’s not going to solve America’s police problems. » 5/18/15 5:30pm Monday 5:30pm

Nerf Hid a Surprisingly Capable Dart Gun In a Fashion Accessory

The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen helped reinforce the idea that young women don’t have to wait for a knight in shining armor to come and rescue them; they can instead pick up a weapon and be the hero themselves. But instead of reaching for a bow and arrow, Nerf’s Rebelle line wants them to reach for its new Secret… » 5/18/15 9:44am 5/18/15 9:44am

Combat Tech Is Turning Baltimore Into a Paramilitary Zone

In response to rioting and violent protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, the National Guard was deployed for riot control in Maryland for the first time since the 1968s race riots. Some 500 troops patrol the city, clad in body armor, with automatic rifles strapped across their chests.
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What It Feels Like to Shoot With the Military’s Experimental Smart Scope

You’ve probably never fired an M4 carbine. Until a couple weeks ago, I hadn’t either. But at a recent DARPA demo day, I loaded a magazine (also a first for me), snuggled up to the deadly assault rifle, and looked through one of the most technologically advanced smart scopes ever built. Then I pulled the trigger. » 4/28/15 2:10pm 4/28/15 2:10pm

Stop and Stare In Awe At a Chainsaw-Powered Marble-Firing Machine Gun

His true passion might be designing and building some of the most ridiculous slingshots the internet has ever seen, but even Joerg Sprave needs to stretch his creative wings from time to time. Which is why Joerg's most recent creation is an insane chainsaw-powered wooden machine gun that can decimate a target firing… » 4/06/15 1:41pm 4/06/15 1:41pm

The Best Nerf Gun for Every Kid (At Heart)

As a kid, I strapped a Nerf gun to my bicycle so I could dive bomb the neighborhood kids, while traveling—I imagined—at five times the speed of sound. As an adult, I’ve carried a foam-firing blaster to no fewer than three jobs. But a funny thing happened earlier this year: I realized my old guns weren’t any good… » 4/03/15 2:25pm 4/03/15 2:25pm

Utah Brings Back the Firing Squad In Case We Run Out of Lethal Drugs

Utah lawmakers are prepared to strap condemned criminals to this horrible chair and shoot them if they need to. They've just approved a bill that would allow the state to execute people by firing squad if there's a shortage of lethal injection chemicals needed to kill people the socially acceptable way. » 3/11/15 11:45am 3/11/15 11:45am

A gun machine that shoots dumplings together would be the greatest thing

The world should put together all their brain power and weapons experts and artillery and dumpling ammo so that we can make this dumpling gun machine happen. Imagine a world where at a push of a button we can shoot out the perfect amount of meat, spice it, wrap it and cook it in less than 2 seconds. » 2/27/15 8:41pm 2/27/15 8:41pm

This Smart Gun Could Be the Colt .45 of the Future

The above Terminator-like weapon is Colt's latest, greatest invention. Developed with Defense Research and Development Canada, (our northern neighbors' version of DARPA) this is the smart gun Canada wants to fight the wars of the future. And it's hard to look at this insane level of firearm innovation and not think… » 2/16/15 3:20pm 2/16/15 3:20pm

Nerf's New Blasters Can Fire Foam Balls At Up To 70 MPH

Nerf has long been known for making some of the most impressive toy weaponry kids can buy, but its foam dart blasters aren't exactly known for their power or accuracy—until now. At Toy Fair 2015 in New York this weekend, Nerf will officially introduce its new Rival line starting with a pair of blasters that are … » 2/12/15 11:45am 2/12/15 11:45am

Even James Bond Would Carry These Detailed Elastic Band Guns

The human hand serves as a perfectly usable tool for firing elastic bands, but sniping your co-workers is just far more satisfying when you've got a trigger to squeeze. And because everything is better when it's made of wood, these gorgeous toy guns from ElasticPrecision are hands-down the best way to unleash a fury… » 2/06/15 11:43am 2/06/15 11:43am

The New Insect-Sniping Bug-A-Salt 2.0 Boasts More Power With Less Salt

The world's salt supplies are plentiful now, but who knows what the situation will be like in 50 years? So the makers of the Bug-A-Salt have just revealed the next-generation version of their urban assault weapon designed to take down flies and other bothersome insects. Not only does version 2.0 use less salt than its… » 2/05/15 3:07pm 2/05/15 3:07pm