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Lockheed Martin to empower US Army with 60 kW Laser cannon

Lockheed Martin to empower US Army with 60 kW Laser cannon

Although popularized as deadly weapons in science fiction, real-world applications of lasers have been mostly benign. Almost coming full circle, however, lasers are about to make those fictional scenarios real. Lockheed Martin has just announced that it has successfully designed and tested a 60 kW-class laser weapon, breaking records as far as lasers are concerned. And, of course, this technology will be delivered to the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command for “defensive applications”.

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R.A.M.B.O. is the US army’s 3D-printed grenade launcher

R.A.M.B.O. is the US army’s 3D-printed grenade launcher

Chuck Norris and Sylvester Stallone in one week? It’s definitely an action-packed past few days. No, there isn’t going to be a new Rocky or Rambo themed game. We are, instead, veering off into the real world for once. Short for “Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordinance”, which is really just a convoluted way to name something after an iconic fictional soldier, R.A.M.B.O. is the US army’s latest, and so far most successful, attempt to 3D print its own weapons.

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TASER Pulse is a new self-defense weapon for the public

TASER Pulse is a new self-defense weapon for the public

TASER has introduced a new taser designed for the consuming public; it is a self-defense weapon, of course, but one that is less dangerous and lethal than carrying a concealed firearm. Called the TASER Pulse, this new TASER comes in the form of a handgun, but features a plastic look with bright yellow trim and a lightning bolt on the front. This is the first TASER for consumers since 2007.

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Pyramid Head ‘Great Knife’ replica is a real (deadly) sword

Pyramid Head ‘Great Knife’ replica is a real (deadly) sword

Even if you’re not a Silent Hill fan, you’re likely familiar with (or at least aware of) Great Knife, the giant serrated sword wielded by Pyramid Head. The iconic weapon has been a favorite among cosplayers and fantasy fans alike, and was recently the subject of Man at Arms' latest forging project. The final product is massive and completely functional.

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Man at Arms forges real goblin-slaying Orcrist sword

Man at Arms forges real goblin-slaying Orcrist sword

Man at Arms, the group that tasks itself with forging and otherwise recreating fictional weapons from popular games and movies, has created Thorin’s sword Orcrist from The Hobbit. Orcrist is a sword goblins fear — they call it the “goblin cleaver.” Though we don’t see the sword used against an actual goblin, the final product certainly looks capable of holding its own.

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PM522 Washbear is first functional 3D-printed revolver

PM522 Washbear is first functional 3D-printed revolver

Though many places have taken action to make 3D-printing firearms illegal, there's still a thriving community of industrious designers who have tasked themselves with designing the perfect printed firearm. We've seen various prototypes of single-fire handguns; there's a new notable design being shown off, though, and this one comes in the form of a fully functional printed revolver.

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New South Wales bill bans 3D-printed gun blueprints

New South Wales bill bans 3D-printed gun blueprints

3D-printed gun blueprints caught the public’s attention a couple years ago, leading to several publicized blueprints and prototypes. Though not as effective as traditional firearms, the 3D-printed variety are able to fire ammo and could be lethal in the wrong hands. Lawmakers across the world responded quickly, and latest among them is New South Wales, which has passed legislation that makes possessing 3D-printed firearm blueprints illegal.

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DIY railgun launches projectiles with 950 pounds of force

DIY railgun launches projectiles with 950 pounds of force

Railguns were once the domain of science fiction and video games, but that has changed over the last few years with the US military working hard on developing railguns for ships and even vehicles. While this sort of weapon is still a ways from being field ready, a geek called Ziggy Zee has built his own man portable railgun from scratch.

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Ancient viking sword discovered in ‘excellent condition’

Ancient viking sword discovered in ‘excellent condition’

A 1,200 year old viking sword described as being in "quite extraordinary" condition was discovered in Norway by a hiker, it has been revealed. According to a new report, the sword was discovered by outdoorsman Goran Olsen, who was hiking an ancient route when he stumbled upon the weapon. Despite its age, the sword is said to be in very good condition, something possibly resulting from long periods of cover snow and ice.

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Military testing towers with remote-controlled weapons

Military testing towers with remote-controlled weapons

The U.S. Army is testing remote-controlled weapons at guard towers, something aimed at reducing how many soldiers are needed to secure a perimeter. The testing is taking placed at Fort Bliss in Texas presently; this is an evaluation, according to the Army, one called Network Integration Evaluation 16.1 (NIE). The testing is taking place from September 25 to October 8, giving it one more week to go.

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Weaponized frisbee sports four scalpels, isn’t for playing

Weaponized frisbee sports four scalpels, isn’t for playing

You have probably seen at least one of YouTube user Joerg Sprave’s videos at some point or another — he has a lot involving slingshots, only they’re usually fun like the time when he used an entire christmas tree as ammo. Over the weekend he dropped a new video, but this one doesn't involve slingshots; rather, he took an ordinary frisbee and, using four scalpels attached to the plastic, turned it into a fascinating flying disc of unmitigated horror wonder.

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Military testing noise gun that shoots loud plasma ball

Military testing noise gun that shoots loud plasma ball

Non-lethal weapons are used in a variety of situations and contexts: during riots, as deterrents, and more. Shooting bean bags and pepper spray isn't always ideal, however, and the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program group is actively developing alternatives. One such alternative is LIPE, which stands for Laser-Induced Plasma Effect weapon. LIPE is essentially a noise gun, one that works by shooting a blue ball of plasma that produces a very loud noise directed at a very precise target, such as a car’s windshield.

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