Gauss Pistol Redeux

Remember this? We hit it last year. [William] has been working hard, and made plenty of improvements. Aside from building it in black, he’s built a new model. He’s even hoping to release it as a kit in 2007. The latest version uses a PIC to fire the coils and manages the batteries, uses a pair of IR sensors to time the projectile, laser sighting and improved charging. It’s still only slightly more powerful than a CO2 BB gun, but one hell of an engineering challenge. Theoretically, these could be more powerful than traditional firearms, but power limitations keep them repressed like mid-evil peasants.


  1. captain zeros says:

    Wow, wicked awesome.

  2. GBM says:

    this could be very fun… prehaps as a delivery method for drugged darts? silent… nice…


  3. Tricon says:
  4. be nice if it was open-source, and actually powerful.

    supercaps will help.

  5. Arochone says:

    My first thought when I read this title was ‘screw up a monitor from a distance?’ (thinking gauss being the opposite of degauss…)

  6. Pierce says:

    I can’t view anything on the page. Whats wrong?

  7. WarriorRocker says:

    Oh noes, yahoo strikes again and makes the page go away. Any mirror?

  8. Josh McCormick says:

    Mid-evil or medieval?

  9. wolf says:

    even with the size and power disadvantages inherant to magnetic propulsion, I’m sure there are applications for a perfectly silent weapon

  10. ironlizard says:

    Now all we need is a room temperature superconductor.

  11. aoeu says:
  12. Alexander says:

    It’s not on the site yet, but the price of the entire kit will be almost $400 bucks.

    A little pricy for most, but hell–people are still buying the Optimus-103…

  13. Unless you really _meant_ it to say “mid-evil”, it’s spelled “mediaeval”. One of those hard-to-spellcheck words, because it it doesn’t look like it sounds…

  14. PKM says:

    Very cool :) I wonder how it scales? The space constraints in the handgun form mean there can’t be that many capacitors, but with a rifle-sized enclosure and a small NiMH or lead-acid (maybe a motorbike battery) you could probably store 10x the energy.. but does that translate to 10x the projectile energy? Now we just need handgun-sized IR lasers…

    Ditto daniel’s post, it’s mediaeval (or medieval, depending on whose dictionary you read)

  15. Josh McCormick says:

    #12 — Perhaps he meant “media eval”? Like peasants who evaluate media? ;)

  16. PocketBrain says:

    ten thousand times cooler than airsoft. It kinda reminds me of the security sidearm in Babylon 5. You could even hear them “wind up” as they charged the capacitors.

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  19. Scott says:

    Daniel V Klein – You pointed out he mis-pelt “mid-evil”, but your correction “mediaeval” is just as incorrect :-).

    It’s “medieval”.

    Although technically the archiac spelling once used was “mediæval”

  20. me says:

    Any news on this project?

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