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2005-06-04 08:48:53 AM  
I remember a website I saw a year or two ago where it showed a few home-made gauss pistols that someone had made, that fired small BBs or something, and showed instructions on how to make them. It was interesting, but I can't remember what it was, and it seems I didn't bookmark it.
 
2005-06-04 09:02:18 AM  
Magic: but I can't remember what it was, and it seems I didn't bookmark it.

Come back when you have something useful to add to the thre.... hmmm... bye all.
 
2005-06-04 09:02:33 AM  
That's interesting, but I think I'll stick with my 12 gauge.
 
2005-06-04 09:06:06 AM  
Can you imagine a meter stick of those things? It'd probably shoot through a wall.
 
2005-06-04 09:10:03 AM  
//Devising ways to use this on my boss...
 
2005-06-04 09:13:23 AM  
Hmmm...

Do something where there is a feeding system to put a new projectile at the end of it, and make the magnets electromagnets, have them turned on, and have some small rod push the initial ball bearing towards the first magnet...The firing sequence finishes, the electromagnets turn off, and then an electromagnet near the 'firing pin' energizes, pulling the initial ball bearing back into the firing position, then disengages, and then all the magnets energize in sequence, to pull their respective bearings back home, another ball is fed to the end, the initial ball bearing is nudged forward, and fired.

Of course, then there's the issue of how you'd overcome problems that gravity would pose, were the gun tilted too much in one direction or the other...
 
2005-06-04 09:37:16 AM  
This one's older than a Monica Lewinsky joke. Still, gauss rifles kick ass, moslty because "Gauss" is an awesome name for a rifle. Has that hard, guttural, "guh" sound at the beginning and it ends with the rough, hissing, trashy-yet-familiar sound "oss" traditionally associated with such colloquial forms of second person address as "hoss" and "boss".
 
2005-06-04 09:44:46 AM  
Mercurius:

This one's older than a Monica Lewinsky joke. Still, gauss rifles kick ass, moslty because "Gauss" is an awesome name for a rifle. Has that hard, guttural, "guh" sound at the beginning and it ends with the rough, hissing, trashy-yet-familiar sound "oss" traditionally associated with such colloquial forms of second person address as "hoss" and "boss"


Yeah you might be onto something there. I think I'll name my first born son Gauss.
 
2005-06-04 09:48:11 AM  
I always thought it was pronounced 'house', but with a hard 'g' sound at the beginning...
 
2005-06-04 09:57:31 AM  
I always pronounced it "Gowse" as well, but I'm willing to be corrected on that. Link goes to a great website, by the way. I'm going to try out some of these ideas on my nephew.
 
2005-06-04 10:24:20 AM  
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2005-06-04 11:56:34 AM  
Didn't I see this in Make Magazine, first issue?
 
2005-06-04 12:23:47 PM  
its a repeat.. but its a damn cool one.
 
2005-06-04 12:54:57 PM  
gopher321 wins.

Best. Game. Evar.

/mourn bullfrog
 
2005-06-04 01:06:10 PM  
That is cool.
 
2005-06-04 02:00:11 PM  
Ahhhh....

(singing)

Memories, all alone on the dark night streets....

Memories, of my old Syndicate....

(/singing)

sniff...miss that game...never was there a more fun way to blow up your enemies and gain absolute domination...how fun.

/Poor old Bullfrog...
//anyone else remember Dungeon Keeper I & II?
///wish they had Gauss Rifles in there
////Gauss Rifles were the best weapon in Battletech
 
2005-06-04 02:58:14 PM  
st_gulik: ////Gauss Rifles were the best weapon in Battletech

Screw that noise. Extended-Range Clan PPCs all the way.

That, and LBX AC/20s at point blank range. Mmmm...

Being able to blast a light mech into oblivion with a single shot is delightfully fun :)
 
2005-06-04 03:40:03 PM  
No Battletech pics yet? for shame.
 
2005-06-04 03:42:09 PM  

And on the other hand, to demonstrate how a Degas rifle works, here are some ballerinas ...


[image from sharewarejunkies.com too old to be available]

 
2005-06-04 03:45:14 PM  
The Tesla Gun is far more impressive...

/agrees though, Gauss is a cool weapon name
 
2005-06-04 03:46:16 PM  
kids are banned from reading this material because it has the word "rifle". or did. the guy that originally published this wrote up about how the soda "bomb" and "rifle" were causing issues in some schools.

real emp devices piss off people.
 
2005-06-04 03:46:37 PM  
gopher321 -- I thought I was the only person to ever play that game. I loved every second of it.
 
2005-06-04 03:49:57 PM  
If you think 'Gauss' rhymes with 'boss', please entertain us all by telling us what 'Euler' rhymes with...
 
2005-06-04 03:51:50 PM  
I feel like playing MechWarrior Mercenaries now...

/Here's the good news kid, you get all the money.
 
2005-06-04 03:52:27 PM  
If you think 'Gauss' rhymes with 'boss', please entertain us all by telling us what 'Euler' rhymes with...

Euler? I don't even know her!
 
2005-06-04 03:53:43 PM  
Oh. I thought you said Gauze rifle.
I was like, "That must be a really big cut!"
 
2005-06-04 03:55:45 PM  
I suddenly feel like loading up Sydicate and playing it again.
 
2005-06-04 03:56:06 PM  
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2005-06-04 03:56:41 PM  
frontierpsychiatry: I feel like playing MechWarrior Mercenaries now...

Heh, I have an urge to play X-Com 2 myself.
 
2005-06-04 03:57:35 PM  
Have I discovered the secret to having a link greenlit? Wait a year or so and recycle them? My links are still highlighted from the last time this site was mentioned on fark.

/what does that say about the web?
 
2005-06-04 03:57:56 PM  
Magic:

Electromagnets are too fancy. What you need is to cut up an aluminum can and put thin strips just before each magnet. Attach these strips to a perpendicular ruler and wam! You've got a bolt-/pump-action Gauss gun! Pulling the side ruler will slide each "spent" bearing back into its original place for another shot. Aluminum isn't magnetic, so no worries on the bearings getting stuck to the strips.

The only piece left is to make this sliding action retrieve a new firing bearing from a gravity-fed hopper, and you have a repeatable firing mechanism.

...Yeah, I saw this site a couple years ago, too.
 
2005-06-04 03:58:16 PM  
From a Mech Warrior Website.

Quote:

Gauss Rifle:
The gauss rifle isn't a true ballistic weapon in the same sense that autocannons are, but the weapon fits this category better than any other. Unlike an autocannon, which uses solid propellant to fire its projectiles, a gauss rifle uses a series of magnets to propel a depleted uranium slug. If an LB-X autocannon is like a shotgun, the gauss is like a sniper rifle. The shot has an extremely long range, does a high amount of damage and generates practically no heat. Its downsides are that it's a bulky, heavy weapon, it fires slowly and it needs lots of ammunition to be effective. In Battletech, another major difference between the gauss and autocannons was that the rifle itself, rather than its ammunition, was prone to exploding if a critical hit was scored on it. I don't have any way of testing this in any of the games, but consider it a possibility. Since the weapon takes up so many critical slots, I'd say that critical hits are actually more likely to occur on the rifle than on the ammunition, in any case. Fortunately, a gauss rifle explosion did significantly less damage than your average ammo explosion in Battletech, so don't assume that you'll be lit up like a Christmas tree just because you're carrying one. Experiments with a 'Mech using all gauss rifles were moderately successful in all the games, but I'd personally prefer to just pack one or two and keep some lasers or missiles for backup.
 
2005-06-04 03:59:50 PM  
euler rhymes with boiler!
 
2005-06-04 03:59:58 PM  
Gauss via m-w.com click for pronunciation
 
2005-06-04 04:01:48 PM  
Uh, folks "Gauss" rhymes with "house" not "boss".

Here's a link to Webster's, which has a pronunciation button to the right of the word:

http://tinyurl.com/aqkr5
 
2005-06-04 04:03:03 PM  
destrip
The Tesla Gun is far more impressive...

If you take a closer look at this site, you will see it is by the tinfoil hat crowd. About as good a source as Weekly World News.
 
2005-06-04 04:03:57 PM  
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2005-06-04 04:06:57 PM  
More EM Weapons with video goodness courtesy of powerlabs.org. (pops)
 
2005-06-04 04:12:48 PM  
No Halo 2 pics? Hmmm...

/would have thought that was obvious
 
2005-06-04 04:14:38 PM  
Airwalk: I thought I was the only person to ever play that game. I loved every second of it.

Same here. I remember playing Syndicate on my state-of-the art kick ass Pentium 60 machine. And I loved that game because it really combined the appeal of having to be smart and the appeal of blowing stuff up.
 
2005-06-04 04:14:48 PM  
epyonyx beat me to it, i was thinking the gauss warthog
 
2005-06-04 04:21:26 PM  
Jacque
From the sight:
He (Edison) also created the first electric chair, which ran on DC power and almost set the person to be executed on fire (nowadays they are AC)

This is completely wrong. Edison built the first eclectic chair to discredit Westinghouses AC. It was to show how dangerous AC was compared to Edison's DC. The chair was always AC. This is fairly common knowledge, and easily verified. Because of this statement I must suspect the accuracy of the article and so should you.
 
2005-06-04 04:23:47 PM  
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2005-06-04 04:25:58 PM  
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2005-06-04 04:26:06 PM  
I once built an electromagnetic BB gun. I used the flash unit from an old camera. Pretty easy actually.
 
2005-06-04 04:27:15 PM  
Jacque: More EM Weapons with video goodness courtesy of powerlabs.org. (pops)

I feel that the PowerLabs site must be dissed on the merit of this photo alone:

[image from powerlabs.org too old to be available]

"Look! I got a girl to come down here into my parents' basement where I live! This proves I'm not a homo geek, really!!! It does!!!"

 
2005-06-04 04:27:43 PM  
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/old school Car Wars
 
2005-06-04 04:36:07 PM  
N. S. Radieaux

Fallout: Best. Game. EVER.
 
2005-06-04 04:42:37 PM  
CruzAzul, I'm sure she's just after his fast moving magnetic balls.
 
2005-06-04 04:42:42 PM  
cnelson: gopher321 wins.

Best. Game. Evar.

/mourn bullfrog


Yeah, that was one of the coolest games of all time. Syndicate 2 blew.

Anyone else ever try playing through the game with only one guy? Turns out it's not a bad way to go. You save a ton of money. When you finally need four guys for the last mission you can upgrade all four of them all the way and outfit them to the max.
 
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