Imgur User Makes Working 'Fallout'-Inspired Coil Gun

Thursday, 21 December 2017 - 10:19AM
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Image Credit: Imgur/Icouri / Bethesda Softworks /Obsidian Entertainment
Thursday, 21 December 2017 - 10:19AM
Imgur User Makes Working 'Fallout'-Inspired Coil Gun
Image Credit: Imgur/Icouri / Bethesda Softworks /Obsidian Entertainment
Fallout's Gauss Rifle has enjoyed a reputation as one of the Wasteland's deadliest weapons, but the true joy lies in just firing it: instead of a muzzle flash, you get a kick and a satisfying ku-chunk, and whatever you pointed it at is now a red mist. It's a masterpiece of sci-fi grounded in real-life science, and one fan decided it was time to create his own—but as a sidearm.

Imgur user Icouri recently uploaded some photos of a modified plastic pistol outfitted with a circuit board, wires, and batteries nestled in Altoids cases. Gratifyingly, the gun also features a little toggle switch, like some Fallout energy weapons, and actually takes a while to charge before firing a shot—the longer the charge time, the more power in the shot. Here are the pictures from Imgur:

Fallout inspired coil pistol!


Follow up on the coilgun!


Icouri's coil gun actually functions a little different from the traditional model of a Gaussian gun—it looks like he's created a single-stage gun coil gun that uses a loop of magnetic wire to accelerate a projectile, similar to a railgun. There is another way to fire a projectile that doesn't involve a coil at all, however: you create a line of metal marbles close to small, powerful magnets, then ram one marble into the first one in line. The force is transferred down the line, enhanced by the magnets, until the last marble shoots out like a bullet.

Here's a video showing how that Gauss gun works (including slow-mo!):



If you ever find yourself in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, take the smart route and avoid trying to loot a gun store or a military stockpile—head instead to your local lab or hobby shop and pick up some hardcore magnets, some BBs, and plenty of duct tape. After everyone else has run out of 7.62x39 mm ammo, you'll still be puncturing skulls with all the tiny metal projectiles you can find. Science!
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Imgur User Makes Coil Gun Inspired By Fallout's Gauss Rifle
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Image Credit: Imgur/Icouri / Bethesda Softworks /Obsidian Entertainment