The Tiniest, Cutest Guns (That Shoot Real Bullets)

Sometimes, you want to show up holding a really big gun. Let people know you mean business, by hoisting a honking great shooter that you can barely hoist. But sometimes, subtle is best. When you want to be sneaky, or just really cute, with your choice of firearm, there's always these teeny tiny pistols. » 2/04/15 3:00pm 2/04/15 3:00pm

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 10/23/14 8:40am

Google Glass Will Allow Guns to Shoot Around Corners

If you've ever dreamed of a gun that could shoot around corners or over barricades, Google Glass is here to help. Now, if you link your smart gun to your Glass, you can aim for targets that are out of visual range. » 6/05/14 1:21pm 6/05/14 1:21pm

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

Video Shows Police Conducting Forensic Tests on a 3D-Printed Gun

Current laws governing the possession of firearms in Australia are very strict. And now, politicians and police are turning their attention toward guns made from 3D printers, in a campaign to make them illegal, while warning the public of the dangers to those who use them. » 5/22/14 1:16pm 5/22/14 1:16pm

Watch the U.S. Navy Blow Shit Up With Its Futuristic Railgun

Gamers and scifi enthusiasts are familiar with the much-vaunted railgun — an electrically powered projectile launcher capable of propelling objects at speeds reaching Mach 7. We've seen the Navy's railgun in action before — but we've never actually seen it destroy stuff. Until now. » 4/08/14 11:28am 4/08/14 11:28am

This Sleek Toy Blaster Gun Is a Wonder of Science

Three years in the making, Mattel's new BOOMco series of blaster guns are aiming at the nerf gun juggernaut. Maybe they'll even take it down. Apparently these blasters don't just look pretty — they aim straight. Plus they come with a cutting-edge new kind of toy ammunition. » 4/04/14 10:00pm 4/04/14 10:00pm

This video of a drone with a gun will freak you the hell out

If you were already feeling a little paranoid about drones, this video will put you into complete terror mode. It's a DiY drone with a gun. What could go wrong? Find out, in this slo-mo capture of a drone on a shooting rampage. » 6/14/13 11:51am 6/14/13 11:51am

NRA celebrates the gun wisdom in The Terminator and The Road Warrior

Last December, the NRA's Wayne LaPierre decided to blame Hollywood's "blood-soaked" gun "pornography" for gun violence. But now, the NRA has posted a list of great gun movies, and what they taught us. What important lesson about guns did we learn from The Terminator and Zombieland? » 5/23/13 10:37am 5/23/13 10:37am

You can now 3D-print a fully operational handgun

A plastic gun made on a 3D printer has been successfully fired. What's more, its developer has released the blueprints online, meaning anyone with the right 3D printer can create a gun of their own, right in their living room. Say hello to the dark side of the maker movement. » 5/06/13 1:10pm 5/06/13 1:10pm

Woman's death from a 30-year-old bullet wound ruled a homicide

In 1982, Linda J. Knauss was shot in a holdup outside a boutique in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This past week, she passed away due to complications from that old wound. That means that 30 years after being shot, Knauss perished as the result of a homicide. » 3/02/13 9:30am 3/02/13 9:30am

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… » 2/04/13 11:40am 2/04/13 11:40am

This is where Chicago gets its guns

Gun laws are strict in Chicago. In fact, until 2010, there was an outright ban on handguns. But you wouldn't know it from the number of firearms seized in crimes and unpermitted uses in 2012 (7,400 to New York City's 3,285), to say nothing of the city's staggering gun violence. » 1/31/13 6:40am 1/31/13 6:40am

The Latest American Fashion: Bulletproof Jackets and Backpacks for Kids

It's another sign of dystopia. There is actually a line of children's bulletproof vests made in colorful colors, and fitted out with school-ready backpacks that can stop rounds from a machine gun. » 1/10/13 4:48pm 1/10/13 4:48pm

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

The Mayans' Deadly Wooden Gun

The Mayans used a short shaft of wood like a gun in battle, sending darts toward incoming attackers at amazing speeds. It may not have been powered by gunpowder, but it was still an effective killing tool. » 3/31/12 9:00am 3/31/12 9:00am

A very simple device, the is a wooden shaft with a bur at the end of that supports the end of a dart or…