LA Schools Are Giving Back Grenade Launchers (But Keeping the Tank)

Los Angeles School Police Department announced this week that it would be sending some controversial surplus military equipment back to the federal government. Specifically, the school police will send back three grenade launchers. In related news, LA school police had grenade launchers. » 9/17/14 1:55pm Wednesday 1:55pm

The Simple Math of Why Smaller Bullets Are Deadlier

The long range rifle has been around since the 19th century, a short 100 years after Daniel Bernoulli published his book, Hydrodynamica, on the relationship between pressure and potential energy (or speed) of a fluid. The jist of his principle relates an increase in speed of a fluid to a decrease in pressure. Using… » 9/02/14 3:23pm 9/02/14 3:23pm

A Fascinating Look At Shooting Targets Used By Armies Around the World

Teaching soldiers to take aim at a human target and pull the trigger requires practice, and while the end-game is the same—make flesh-and-blood contact—the enemy looks different depending on where you are in the world. Photographer Herlinde Koelbl spent six years shooting military training grounds for a new book… » 8/04/14 5:51pm 8/04/14 5:51pm

​It's a Miracle WWI US Naval Destroyers Managed to Hit Anything at All


When you're on a destroyer steaming full speed through the North Atlantic firing at an enemy ship 15,000 meters away that's trying its best to sink you, you'd better make well sure your shot hits first. To ensure our sailors stood a fighting chance during WWI's intense naval engagements, the DoW built and outfitted… » 7/30/14 11:43am 7/30/14 11:43am

Self-Guided Bullets That Change Course Midair Are Now Terrifyingly Real

The military masterminds at DARPA have just changed everything you think you know about bullets. Meet the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, or EXACTO, a .50 caliber bullet that maneuvers itself midair to stay locked on target. Here's footage of the first live test: it sure as hell looks like the technology works. » 7/12/14 10:00am 7/12/14 10:00am

Conductive Foam Darts Turn Your iPad Into a Shooting Gallery

Even with incredibly-realistic first-person shooter video games that make you feel as if you're in an actual war, toy guns that shoot innocuous foam arrows still remain popular. There's just something about nailing a target with an actual projectile that's incredibly satisfying, and that's why Snipe—a tablet game that… » 6/25/14 10:05am 6/25/14 10:05am

The Pentagon Can't Keep Track of Ammo So It's Destroying $1B in Bullets

Outdated technology and government wastefulness seem to go hand in hand, but this time the two are combining for a startlingly huge money sink: the Pentagon is planning on destroying $1.2 billion in excess bullets and missiles, some of which could still be used by troops. And it's all because the military has no way… » 4/30/14 12:45pm 4/30/14 12:45pm

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 Identilock. » 3/27/14 7:45am 3/27/14 7:45am