Proclaim your independence with this laser Gatling gun

Laser wizard Patrick Priebe has outdone himself with his latest work, a two-handed barrel of six rotating lasers. Balloons, your time is up!

Laser Gatling gun
Patrick Priebe

Happy Fourth of July! High-tech listening devices are making it harder and harder to get away with celebratory gunfire on Independence Day, but what if you have a laser gun? Or better yet, a laser Gatling gun?

Last time we caught up with laser craftsman Patrick Priebe, we were blown away by his functional Iron Man gauntlet . Now he's unveiled a laser Gatling gun, and it is blindingly awesome. Literally.

The prototype gun has a rotating barrel of six Class 4 Arctic laser modules from Wicked Lasers. When it spins, it sends out a tube of laser light that can vaporize a balloon almost instantly. Wouldn't that go perfectly with fireworks?

The laser Gatling also has a bright green Krypton laser for targeting.

The gun is about 25 inches long and weighs some 8.5 pounds, so it's really a two-handed weapon, according to Priebe. The shell is made of about 60 aluminum parts that are spray-painted with black automotive paint.

The gun takes eight regular AA batteries for the motor, pointing laser, and LED logo, as well as four lithium ion cells for the 1.4-watt Arctic lasers.

The axle is held in place by four bearings, and it has an adjustable rotation speed.

Asked how he came up with the idea for a Gatling laser, Priebe simply says, "I had a rough idea of the design in my head. The rest, as always, was part by part, step by step."

But would he ever take it outside to celebrate a national holiday? Or perhaps ward off a squad of Terminators?

"It's too dangerous for outside use. So, no. It's strictly for display only."

Well, at least we can imagine wielding it from the video below. Enjoy.

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Show Comments Hide Comments
Latest Galleries from CNET
Nissan gives new Murano bold style (pictures)
Top great space moments in 2014 (pictures)
This is it: The Audiophiliac's top in-ear headphones of 2014 (pictures)
ZTE's wallet-friendly Grand X (pictures)
Lenovo reprises clever design for the Yoga Tablet 2 (Pictures)
Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)