This Tesla coil gun will shock you

Inspired by a graphic novel, one author-turned-mad-scientist creates a steampunk shooter that fires sparks in the name of science.

Forget about those paltry tazers and stun guns. (Click to enlarge.) Rob Flickenger

If electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla designed a weapon, it very well might look like Rob Flickenger's Tesla Gun.

The self-described "mad science" enthusiast dreamed up a Tesla rifle after reading the graphic novel "The Five Fists of Science," which features a cover image of a young Tesla wielding several weapons with a built-in Tesla coil.

Flickenger tapped "Seattle's many hackerspaces" to help design and build the Tesla coil cannon over the course of many months. The high-voltage gun balances seriously dangerous science and an array of everyday electrical components capable of firing off 20,000 volts of hair-raising power with a simple click of a trigger.

Click through our gallery of photos provided by the mad scientist to see the creation of the Tesla gun, which contains complex innards and many custom parts.

For any non-believers, Flickenger also uploaded a video of the spark shooter in action. What would you do with this kind of power?

Featured Video

Behmor's app controlled coffee maker links to the Web for better brewing

The $329 Behmor Connected Coffee Brewer boasts the guts of an SCAA-approved drip coffee maker melded with a Wi-Fi radio, plus Internet links and mobile app control all in the interest of creating better pots of java.

by Brian Bennett