Tesla Coil Gun: Just Thought I’d Leave This Here

Did you know that this Tesla coil gun is legal in most states? Shocking, I know. That’s it. That’s all I got. Except for something about the gun and a drive-by in one of Elon Musk’s EVs.

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  1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    OK. That was so friggen cool I can’t stand it. My inner geek just had a big O.
    I’m heading over to the tesla site to spend some money.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Be *meticulous* with the wiring and use, these toys can kill. Capacitor banks can hold a lethal charge even when powered off. Practice bleeding off the high voltage.

      http://scipp.ucsc.edu/edu/tesla/teslacoil/safety.html

      High voltage can be fun!

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        I remember well. I used to play with capacitors and step up transformers when I was a teen.

        1. avatar Alan Esworthy says:

          Yes! I’m having fond memories right now of living through my fooling around with at 12KV neon sign transformer. It was soooooo cool to make a Jacob’s ladder just like in the cheesy mad scientist movies.

          I’ll reiterate the warning, though. This kind of thing is utterly captivating but you simply cannot let yourself become distracted or take shortcuts.

        2. avatar JDS says:

          I have been in the electric sign industry for 30+ years. Built many a Jacobs ladder for kids school projects and neighbors Halloween displays. The 30ma neon transformers are pretty harmless. Not to say the plasma can’t burn you and the shock will definitely get your attention but they are not instant death. The 60ma and 120ma cold cathode transformers on the other hand are dangerous. 30k at 1.2 amps can kill pretty quickly.

        3. avatar Geoff PR says:

          As a kid I got ‘bit’ by about 900 vdc.

          I was lucky. The circuit I inadvertently created between my wrist and fingertips while probing the power supply of a home-built HF RF amp launched me backwards about 4 feet flat on my back…

        4. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

          I was bit by whatever was left in a large plate supply cap after I turned off my 813 final amp one day as a kid. The supply voltage was about 2500 VDC, as I recall, at up to 200 ma.

          The bleeder resistor had opened up and left a nice potent charge in the cap.

          I was launched about 6′ across the room into a hollow core door, which then had a very clear imprint of my shoulders, head and hips.

          I still have that amp and a couple of 813 tubes. They were a hell-for-stout tube – they used to be dirt cheap and so much easier to use than four 811’s.

        5. avatar Geoff PR says:

          You win. You ‘flew’ further. The flight was fine, but the landing sucked.

          I was poor.

          TV horizontal sweep tubes in a dirt-simple grounded-grid config…

          *sob* 🙂

        6. avatar Geoff PR says:

          @ JDS – Yeah, neon transformers at a few tens of milliamps is one thing, but when you use them to charge an electrolytic capacitor the deliverable current once they are charged can be *massive*.

          As in *amps*, not tens of milliamps. That’s what makes them so dangerous. DG described what happens once a ‘safety’ resistor, there to automatically bleed them down once the power is switched off, blows ‘open’ and leaves the full potential of a charged capacitor to give you a *kiss*.

          As in the proverbial ‘kiss of death’.

          Whoever may be reading this, *please* treat high voltage like a rattlesnake…

  2. avatar jwm says:

    Didn’t I see that on an episode of “Lost In Space”?

  3. avatar TyrannyOfEvilMen says:

    Gentlemen, there might be some dangerous aliens here… Set phasers to “Thunderstruck”! ?

    1. avatar Dorie says:

      At last! Someone with the insight to solve the prelbom!

    2. avatar http://www./ says:

      если ее нет, то как ни старайся и не будет… а эти все способы для подростков зеленых

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  4. avatar Stephen Masbad says:

    Anyone wanna go fishing?

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      I have heard of fishing with electricity. Is it where you use a hand-cranked generator to stun them?

      (One day I hope to try ‘grenade’ fishing.)

      EDIT – Come to think about it, I bet I could whip something up with black powder and that green waterproof fuze I have somewhere…

  5. avatar 7.62x54r says:

    I’m sure you have seen something like this. There is a better one out there but I can’t find it right now.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      No, I haven’t seen that, thanks for posting it. Damn impressive.

      That chopper pilot 1,000 percent on his game, and the arc coming off the ‘wand’ bringing the chopper to the line’s potential.

      They both have balls far larger than mine, and I hope they are paid very well… 🙂

  6. avatar BDub says:

    Destin is one of my internet-heroes.

  7. avatar Aaron M. Walker says:

    Cool…but not a practical weapon…Not even for non-lethal purposes…Cool VFX though! I still want a ST: Pulse Phaser type 1b, or type 2-c..set to STUN–of course..Scifi kids dreams..! But if you must have something that spits lightning, electricity, and causes people to exploded….Then, or course you need this!!!! The scifi movie District 9 : the ARC generator rifle ! Now that would a rifle!

    https://youtu.be/ABTbJIfWAK0

  8. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    i open and close 138kv manual disconnects that are about thirty feet in the air with a fiberglass pole. with the bus tie open there is no longer any “load”, but the arc that gets drawn is always impressive, especially at night, and never fails to help me fill out my codpiece.

    as young shop mechanics we would charge ignition condensers on the sun vat-45 and toss them with a “hey, catch!” to the unsuspecting. always fun for some.

  9. avatar Mike says:

    https://m.youtube.com/user/destinws2 Thanks for posting this Smarter Everyday video. If you folks haven’t yet, check out the rest of Destins videos. They guy is a legit rocket scientist (well engineer, but who’s counting) and does a really great job of breaking down complex concepts to make them easier for the rest of us to understand.

  10. avatar Adele says:

    Shoot, so that’s that one supsspeo.

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