Watch this guy blast a cantaloupe with a homemade rail gun

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Oct 23, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

Rail guns: They’re one of the most iconic science fictions weapons in the arsenal, and this guy made one in his garage.

This inventive fellow put together one heck of a large rail gun, firing 4.3g tungsten-core aluminum at 950V (1.3kJ) at a cantaloupe. According to the experiment notes, the EMP is so intense that it actually wiped out the Arduino control unit on the kit (luckily, it was repaired after a reset). The rig weighs approximately 20 pounds, and the creator claims he can fire a projectile at up to 560 mph.

As awesome as it is, Popular Science notes rail guns probably aren’t the future of small-scale warfare. Instead, the government is scaling the tech up to create large, mountable rail guns for ships and aircraft carriers. They still have a way to go until we see wide-scale deployment, but the future is (almost) here. Also, don't try this at home (duh).

Check out the gun in action below and let us know what you think:


(Via Popular Science)