Want a gun with that?


May 27, 2008
Nadav Eshel

While the Chinese are busy regulating knife sales, Kansas car dealers are giving away guns with every purchase:

“Max Motors, a small Butler, Missouri dealership that has as its logo a grimacing cowboy wielding a pistol, has sold more than 30 cars and trucks in the last three days, far more than its normal volume. And owner Mark Muller credits his decision to start offering buyers their choice of a $250 gas card or a $250 credit at a gun shop.”

Just how effective traditional weapons would be against an armed truck driver is quite obvious. Instead, I think this is a job for the Ninjutsu (“martial art of distance”) technique “distancing one’s self from Kansas”.

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Super suit does what?


May 13, 2008
Nadav Eshel

Yet another burn-a-hole-in-the-nations-pocket military project has emerged recently, the “Raytheon Sarcos Exoskeleton”. For those of you who are not familiar with sci-fi, this is the type of super strength suit the terminator’s arch enemy would have been wearing.

Sounds cool, but what does it really do? As you can see in the video below, it can allow an average human being to lift large weights with the help of assisting hydraulic arms. While connected to a massive hydraulic controller of course.

Even if you overcome the challenge of powering the suit, will this sort of device not be obsolete by the time it is practical, replaced by purely robotic vehicles? Surely in it’s current state it isn’t much use outside the lab, and lets not go into what it looks like.

As Calvin would have said:
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New weapon: flickering light


May 9, 2008
Nadav Eshel

A strange one indeed, apparently strobe lights are the police force’s weapon of the future. As explained on NewScientist:

“Wielded like a conventional gun, this weapon is designed to trigger “flicker illness” – a condition akin to severe motion sickness – which leaves the target dazed, nauseous or completely immobilised. Its developers suggest it could be just the thing for disabling armed criminals or dispersing a rioting mob. If all goes to plan, police and border guards could soon be using the weapon in earnest.”

And here I was thinking of a future with sinister looking high-powered laser guns.

They should also play some 70’s disco B-side music as an accompaniment, so as to further shock the target.
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Building your own Iron Man suit


April 29, 2008
Nadav Eshel

With the “Iron Man” movie release, the next few months are sure to see a flood of Iron Man must-have toys and gadgets. However, those more concerned with self-defense will not be satisfied with these trinkets. They will of course, like myself, want to build their own Iron Man suit in order to deal with common threats such as muggers, terrorists and roving bands of mutant ninja zombies.

At first this may seem like another botched garage DIY job, but as the guys at WIRED explain, creating your own full body armor isn’t as complicated as it seems:

The Canadian’s latest Trojan rig is comparatively portable, said to weigh just 40lb all-up. It is armoured with “high-impact plastic lined with ceramic bullet protection over ballistic foam”, and supposedly has resisted elephant-gun fire in testing. This time Hurtubise wasn’t inside, but he has said he’s willing to conduct live-fire trials in person.

Akban’s “Essential self-defense equipment” list also includes:
The Akban AHMD helmet

The Akban SUV

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