Nikola Tesla was one of the most underrated polymaths in modern history and the lightning sparking coil that bears his name is great. So why not make a gun from one?
Destin from SmarterEveryDay got bit by the Tesla Coil bug and, after breaking his hobby version, visits a guy who made a giant coil that uses re-purposed MRI capacitors who just happened to also have a “handheld” coil gun with a water-cooled backpack that looks like something out of Ghostbusters.
And its pretty magical when they run the hi-speed on it.
Of course, Tesla also experimented with particle beam weapons and actively spoke about death rays, so there’s that…