Beating the military to the punch, an Imgur user claims to have made a working man-packed railgun with the help of off the shelf components.
Imgur user NSA_Listbot, through some next-level CAD skills and 3D printing technology, designed and built the WXPR-1, what could be the first working civilian-owned railgun.
Best yet, he shared the tech behind it.
Using a half dozen capacitors, an Arduino Uno R3, a 900psi injector system and a 12V LiPo battery ran through an inverter and a transformer, he creates something like looks like Colonial Marines would use to take on an alien.
How powerful is it? He claims that the gun applies deliver >1050V and 1.8kJ of energy to the projectiles which, barring an intervention from Bill Nye here, we take to be pretty decent for a hobby railgun.
Take a look at the beast in action below and cue “but we have to have bans on railgun technology” calls in 3…2…1
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