Aspiring Mad Scientist Creates Functioning Tesla Gun

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

 Mad Science
After reading the graphic novel The Five Fists of Science, which pits Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain against Thomas Edison and Guglielmo Marconi, Rob Flickenger was inspired to create a functional Tesla gun similar to the example used in the novel. The result is a cast aluminum NERF gun equipped with a spark gap Tesla coil and powered by an 18 volt drill battery.
Inspired by the graphic novel, Five Fists Of Science, author Rob Flickenger set about creating one for himself. Not only did he manage to produce a pretty realistic looking Tesla gun, but he managed to create one that actually works and that is capable of shooting out volts of electricity, making this not only extremely cool, but extremely dangerous.

The Tesla Gun is a hand-held, battery powered lightning machine. It is a spark gap Tesla coil powered by an 18V drill battery. You pull the trigger, and lightning comes out the front.

Of course putting the gun together was no easy task and it took quite a lot of work and help along with materials and equipment that will not be readily available to the masses (thank goodness). Made from a Nerf gun, it has been given a makeover and now features a cast aluminum body, an 18V drill battery, a customized porcelain high-voltage switch along with a flyback transformer that transforms the 18V into 20,000V of electricity.

If you’re interested in seeing the sparks fly, be sure to check out the video below or head on over to Rob’s website where he details the making of the gun.

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