I can hear the sound of artillery firing in this photo of a Howitzer

I’m not a gun nut but I love badass machines and this photo of US Marines firing a howling M777 Howitzer is mechanical awesomeness dripping with badassery. I can almost hear the thumping blast of the Howitzer firing from just looking at the picture. It’s, yep, pretty badass. » 4/22/15 8:58pm Wednesday 8:58pm

A Collapsible Rubber Cone Lets This Tiny Slingshot Hide In Your Pocket

Although most commonly thought of as a toy for young troublemakers (see Bart Simpson) the slingshot can also be a useful survival and hunting tool in the right hands. And the Pocket Shot, an unorthodox but compact and highly portable take on the slingshot, is easy to keep on hand whether you're heading out… » 4/14/15 2:40pm 4/14/15 2:40pm

Slow motion video of firing a RPG shows the massive back blast off

Here's footage from Vickers Tactical showing what firing a RPG-7 looks like in slow motion. It's like a rocket launch, only turned horizontal. The back blast off is so huge that it might be just as bad to stand directly behind the RPG as it would be to stand it front of it. Okay, maybe not. But still. » 4/13/15 8:00pm 4/13/15 8:00pm

The UN Will Debate Whether to Ban Killer Robots

Whether or not to preemptively ban killer robots will be a debate point at a United Nations meeting next week. And yes, “killer robots” sounds like a sci-fi cliche. But this is the reality of the future of warfare, and this debate is unlikely to do much other than highlight how sinister military tech may become. » 4/09/15 12:15pm 4/09/15 12:15pm

Trying to Make Game of Thrones Valyrian Steel Sword With Real Materials 

Nothing reigns consistently in HBO’s Game of Thrones (and George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” book series that inspired it) except Valyrian steel, a magical sword material. Valyrian steel is, of course, extremely not real. But materials scientist Ryan Consell took a look at its chemistry anyway. » 4/07/15 10:30am 4/07/15 10:30am

Making a real life version of Arya Stark's Needle from Game of Thrones

Man at Arms is at its best when it makes real life versions of the weapons we see in our favorite movies, TV shows, comic books and video games. Turning something that lived in our dreams into something in real life is always fun. This video has the guys artfully making Arya's Needle sword and nailing every little… » 4/06/15 3:27pm 4/06/15 3:27pm

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

Making a real life version of Link's shield from The Legend of Zelda

Making a real life version of Link's iconic Hylian Shield from the Legend of Zelda may be the most impressive weapon Man at Arms: Reforged has ever made. It required a perfect design, a lot of grunt work in curving the metal sheet, expert embossing and basically melting pieces of metal together to form the final… » 3/23/15 3:14pm 3/23/15 3:14pm

The Computer Simulation That Almost Started World War III

Remember the 1983 movie WarGames? The film is about a computer "game" with the potential to start thermonuclear war. But strangely this scenario is more truth than fiction. Because in 1979 programmers at NORAD almost started World War III when they accidentally ran a computer simulation of a Soviet attack. » 2/16/15 6:20pm 2/16/15 6:20pm

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

A Soft Stuffed Chainsaw Takes Pillow Fights To a Whole New Level

Everyone had that favorite, heavy, feather-stuffed pillow that was their not-so-secret weapon during a sleepover battle. But a pillow doesn't come anywhere near being as awesome as Factory Entertainment's new line of Zombie-battling stuffed toys that includes what could be the world's first plush chainsaw. » 2/12/15 9:38am 2/12/15 9:38am

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

Inside the Bunkers Where the US Will Obliterate Its Chemical Weapons

If you were driving across the beautiful southern Colorado landscape near Pueblo, you probably wouldn't even notice them: almost one thousand concrete storage "igloos" burrowed into the landscape. This 23,000-acre complex has stored the remaining biggest cache of chemical weapons in the US since World War II. Now,… » 2/04/15 1:54pm 2/04/15 1:54pm