Friday, September 17, 2010

Ray. Guns.

They're here. Via Unwanted Blog.

Upside: Duh, rayguns!

Downside: Sin-ugly, slow and underpowered. Kind of like an arquebus. Kind of just exactly like an arquebus. Which grew up to be the AR-15, among other things; and the rate of change is faster these days. I would not be selling off the shiny Mylar armor just yet.

I give it, oh, three days before Massachusetts and California ban them -- and New Jersey probably already has.


The Jack said...

And to go with your raygun here's your own personal flying spy-bot.


Eck! said...


Couple of fiends and I did a very portable flash pumped ruby laser
with a measured output of 1 joule.
That was 1970 using then current tech. We later learned that for serious cash a rare earth (memtest Neobidium boron) with that pump energy (1000w/S) could do much better.

With current switch mode PS tech, lipPo batteries and micro processor magic that long charge time could be shortend considerably.

That is all industrial hardware. Impressive, sorta but way low on the power scale and the pump energy is more hazardous than the laser beam.

What we learned is a 1 joule laser can punch a small hole in a razor blade. The 470uf cap discharged
(dumped) into the blade could make a big hole. Horribly inefficient way to make holes.


Bubblehead Les. said...

Two words: Vehicle Mount. 12 Vdc? Oooh, Secondary tap off the alternator, maybe another voltage regulator,... how much space do I have under the hood of the 4x4?

Ian Argent said...

According to the NJ Permanent Statures database, it is a "weapon" ("Weapon" means anything readily capable of lethal use or of inflicting serious bodily injury); but it's likely not a firearm (since it doesn't expel a projectile). Weapons are not (yet) banned.

Given that the members of the NJ legislature are busy doing acephalous poultry imitations while Gov. Christie figures out who/what is getting the axe next, I must respectfully decline the honor of being the first state to ban it on behalf of the Great Garden State. Sadly, I would have to confirm that legislation was introduced this session to define airsoft guns as firearms, which are generally illegal to possess in NJ, save under certain, narrowly-defined (and "carefully crafted, per our supreme court), exemptions