Lead Poisoning Has Become A Serious Health Threat At Shooting Ranges

Business is booming for gun ranges in the U.S., where 40 million Americans per year engage in recreational shooting. But when shooters use lead-based ammunition, they spread vapor and toxins that have made thousands of people ill. Federal and state regulators are doing little to ensure that ranges are kept clean. » 10/23/14 8:40am Yesterday 8:40am

The Guy Who Popularized 3D-Printed Handguns Has "Exciting" New Plans

In 2012, Cody Wilson founded Defense Distributed — a company whose mission is to "defend the civil liberty of popular access to arms" through "information and knowledge related to the 3D printing of arms." In an interview, Wilson talks about his next big plans, and says the Newtown shooting was "the cost of freedom." » 6/03/14 7:30am 6/03/14 7:30am

Warren Ellis' Gun Machine Is a Blood-Soaked Hymn to New York Gun…

Famed comic book writer Warren Ellis has just published his second novel, Gun Machine, a noir detective tale set five minutes into the future, when private security companies are on the cusp of taking over police departments and mobile phones have become bendy pieces of plastic. A serial killer is on the loose in New… » 2/04/13 11:40am 2/04/13 11:40am

For $1,200, two handguns sculpted out of dead cats' bones

Who remembers that disgusting bone pistol from David Cronenberg's eXistenZ ? If you're in the market for something similar, New Zealand artist Bruce Mahalski and jeweler Vaune Mason are offering a duo of bone pistols for the starting price of $1,500 New Zealand Dollars (a smidge over $1,200 American dollars): » 9/25/12 3:55pm 9/25/12 3:55pm

The Physics of Bullets: Why a Modern Gun Shoots 10 Times Farther Than…

Old smoothbore guns, which were loaded with bullets that looked more like balls than torpedoes, had an effective range of about sixty yards. A relatively small engineering change, which took its lead from physics, increased the range tenfold. What could make anything work that much better? » 9/19/12 3:11pm 9/19/12 3:11pm

This is history's greatest news article about someone shooting a…

We've seen vegetables transformed into musical instruments, but we haven't read nearly enough news stories about legume-based artillery. Thankfully, this blurb from the November 2, 1907 edition The Fargo Forum and Daily Republican satisfies our inexplicable craving for 105-year-old news stories about angry farmers… » 8/08/12 10:35am 8/08/12 10:35am