Let's hope no future Bond villain gets ahold of this laser shotgun
A YouTuber with a history of building stuff with lasers and almost no common sense constructs a 40-watt laser shotgun.
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We all know that one day, the world will fight its battles with guns that shoot high concentrations of flesh-burning light instead of bullets. World peace would, of course be a more sensible option, but laser guns are at least cool-looking.
One YouTuber couldn't wait for the age of laser guns, so he built a makeshift shotgun that can fire a super-concentrated bolt of light at its targets. It can actually cause a good bit of damage if those targets stand still long enough to allow themselves to blow up or be set on fire.
YouTuber Styropyro, a laser weapons builder who has made a handheld lightsaber and a laser gun drone, published a video Sunday showing off the destructive capabilities of his latest creation. It's a 40-watt behemoth that shoots lasers using a lithium-powered battery pack taped to the butt of the gun and eight 5-watt laser beams. When the trigger is pulled, the lasers run through a huge magnifying glass that acts as the muzzle and can concentrate the lasers into a single, powerful beam of pure heat.
This weapon can't blow a hole through the torso of an Imperial Stormtrooper unless he's willing to stand completely still and not wear any of his armor for probably half a day of so. However, it can cause some serious damage to items like balloons, crumpled bits of paper and piles of unprotected black powder.
The video's star admits that such a creation can be dangerous and insists "there's no good reason for someone to own something this powerful." Let's just hope this insane thing never falls into the wrong hands -- like some dictator with access to imprisoned scientists who can improve on the design or that creepy kid down the block who likes to set ant hills on fire.