Build Your Own Weapons, Like a Dangerous Child

Electromagnetic projectile launchers called railguns are what many in the military are hoping will be the weapon of the future. A railgun doesn’t use traditional projectile propellants like gunpowder or explosives, but instead they use electromagnetic fields to propel projectiles at speeds that can exceed an incredible Mach 10.

A basic railgun design will include a pair of parallel conducting rails that will accelerate a sliding armature when the electromagnetic current flows through one rail, into the armature and then back into the other rail. Using this rapid acceleration, the armature can launch a wide variety of projectiles at incredible speeds. __ 3DPrint

The weapon above is a 3D printed railgun / plasma rifle capable of firing projectiles of graphite, aluminum, copper-coated tungsten, and teflon/plasma rods. You cannot buy such a weapon in stores. But you can build one, if you know how.

Using a combination of 3D printing and widely available components, the man built a functioning handheld railgun that houses six capacitors and delivers more than 3,000 kilojoules of energy per shot. What does it shoot, you might be wondering? So far he has tested the gun using metal rods made of graphite, aluminum and copper-coated tungsten, like the ones pictured below.


We know that 3D printed firearms are old hat, with the 3D designs available on the internet.

But firearms were built by hand long before Samuel Colt standardised their production in factories. A good metalwork shop can produce large numbers of high quality custom firearms using traditional machining techniques.

But for firearms, it is the combination of additive and subtractive manufacturing that offers the greatest versatility and utility. Now that 3D printing in metals — and multitudes of other materials — is becoming more common, the best weapons makers and designers will need to learn to work with both types of “gunsmithing.”

Yet, we know that in many situations, plasma rifles and firearms are not the appropriate weapon for either offensive or defensive operations. Knives, compound bows, compressed air weapons, crossbows, simple staffs, spears, javelins, etc. etc. can be made by hand from commonly available materials by children who are quite young.

If you look within the JD Garcia curriculum for ages 3-6, you can find the early rudimentary training for simple weapons making:

Physical Biological
Physical Theory Physical Practice Biological Theory Biological Practice
1.00 3.00 Cause and effect The lever The human body Body care
1.25 3.25 Clubs and poles Modifying trees and
Animal bodies; small
domestic animals
How to care for a pet
1.50 3.50 Different stones and their
Using stones Edible plants and their
Gathering edible plants
and mushrooms
1.75 3.75 Shaping stone Building simple stone tools Edible animals and fish Hunting and fishing
2.00 4.00 Shaping wood with stone Using stone tools to
modifu poles and clubs
Food preparation and
Cleaning and preparing
small game and fish using
bone, wood, and stone
2.25 4.25 Handling fire Use of stone and wood to
control fire, use of fire to
harden spear points
Advanced food preparation Cooking vegetables, fish,
and meat on open fires
2.50 4.50 Advanced fire handling
and control combining
wood and stone tools,
theory and design
Hafted axes and choppers
are made; stone fire
carriers, simple weaving
and knotting of vines and
Elementary tanning and
use of bone, vines, and
vegetable fiber
Skinning animals and fish,
preserving leather,
advanced cooking.
preparing vines and
vegetable fiber
2.75 4.75 The bow and fire-making Making bows and starting
Advanced food
preparation; advanced
tanning and bone work
Advanced cooking; clothes
from animal hides; use of
sinew and thongs; hunting
with dogs
3.00 5.00 The use of clay and the
bow and arrow; design of
simple rafts
Making and baking clay
pots on an open fire;
making and using simple
bows and arrows
Advanced food preparation
including drying, smoking,
& curing; health care
Cooking, drying, and
smoking with clay pots;
preparing and using
medicinal herbs and
3.25 5.25 Advanced paleolithic stone
work of knives and axes;
advanced bow making;
advanced clay work
without wheel; large rafts
Making stone tools to
make other stone tools;
making advanced bows
and arrows; bellows and
advanced pottery; building
a large raft as a group
Gathering seeds and
planting edible plants;
basic first aid
Gardening; preparing soil
and cultivation; practice of
first aid
3.50 5.50 Neolithic tools;
construction of shelters;
advanced counting; how to
make a small dugout canoe
and paddle
Construction of simple
neolithic tools; the use of
tally marks and stored
pebbles; building a small
dugout canoe and paddle
The biological need for
shelter; building of lean-tos and simple teepees;
clothes for extreme cold;
simple agriculture
Construction of lean-tos
and teepees; more
advanced gardening;
making bone needles and a
3.75 5.75 How to construct advanced
neolithic tools and work
stone and wood; more
advanced counting and
Arabic numbers to 10; how
to build a large dugout
Building advanced
neolithic tools; working
wood, simple carpentry,
building semi-permanent
structures; advanced
tallying systems; building a
large dugout canoe
How to make boots and
moccasins from leather and
plant fiber; how to know
when to plant and when to
harvest; taking care of
goats and sheep
Construction of complete
wardrobes of leather, plant,
and animal fiber; more
advanced gardening and
animal husbandry

Tool-making and weapons-making go hand in hand. This is natural, since virtually any tool can be used on the spare of the moment as an improvised weapon. Dangerous Children learn early, how to make weapons and how to improvise weapons from everyday objects.

They are not taught to build firearms, plasma rifles, railguns, explosives, etc. until they are deemed emotionally and developmentally mature enough to know how and when to use such weapons wisely and safely.

Not all Dangerous Children will learn to build weapons such as missile launchers and remotely controlled armed drones. As mentioned in an earlier posting, Dangerous Children tend to specialise, based upon their innate aptitudes, inclinations, and levels of emotional development and displayed wisdom.

For most Dangerous Children, their words and non-violent actions will have the most potent effect upon the world that they will require. That is as it should be. Only when pressed beyond reasonable alternatives will most Dangerous Children display a covert prowess in controlled violence and mayhem.

But in the end, we are all evolved from killers, else we would not be here at all. Violence — including lethal violence — will inevitably play a role in the coming expansion of an abundant human future. The bullies and predators of the skankstream will not voluntarily allow the “utopian” future to slip through their fingers without a fight.

This article is modified from an earlier posting first published on The Dangerous Child blog


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7 Responses to Build Your Own Weapons, Like a Dangerous Child

  1. Erebus says:

    You make an excellent point, but I feel compelled to point something out: If that Yahoo article is correct, the guy didn’t build a weapon, he built something more akin to a child’s potato pistol. 560 miles per hour is not really a “ballistic” velocity — my Grandpa’s FN FAL from the 50’s can fire a projectile at over 830 meters per second, which works out to something like 30,000 miles per hour. (Although MPH is an odd way to describe a projectile’s velocity!) More recent weapon systems are, of course, capable of firing projectiles at even greater velocities.

    I am in full agreement with the point you made, in any case! Every competent man needs to learn how to make the tools he might need, and weapons are very valuable tools indeed.

    • alfin2101 says:

      Thanks for the comment.

      You make some good points, although you may be exaggerating the speed in mph for 830 metres per second, just a bit. My estimate is just under 2,000 mph.

      This early prototype handheld railgun requires a good bit of improvement to be useful as more than a low power pellet gun and plasma show, as you say. But it is getting there.

      Man-portable weapons will be based upon chemical explosives and fuels for quite a while due to the power to weight relationship. Stationary or heavy vehicle based weapons systems are likely to start using electrical weapons, destructive lasers, particle beams, microwave beams, sound-based weaponry, and other forms of energy projection that use equipment too heavy for men to carry.

      All of those alternative forms of weapons will eventually be made more compact, as the technology develops.

      Thanks again for pointing out a few details that I failed to highlight. Feel free to comment at the other blog as well.

      • Erebus says:

        Thanks! 🙂

        I feel as though directed energy weapons are fairly easy to defend against. A thin layer of ablative pyrolytic graphite will defeat most lasers and plasma projectiles — at least for a little while. And plasma has range issues that need to be sorted out.
        …If pyrolytic graphite can’t be obtained at short notice, most antiballistic ceramics are, coincidentally, also very good at defending against directed energy weapons. (Silicon carbide, for instance, is nearly ideal for both purposes. It’s light, relatively cheap, extremely good at defeating ballistic rounds, and is ablative when heated up near 3000°C — so the ablation cloud shades and reduces the effect of the laser’s beam.)

        Call me crazy, but I think that the crossbow has a lot of merits which are overlooked. It’s small, mechanically simple, doesn’t require chemical propellant, and is silent in operation. The long-rod nature of the bolts may even enable them to penetrate antiballistic fibers and plastics.

        Aside: The FAL has a muzzle velocity of 840 meters per second as per:
        …I work with materials and do a lot of armor research and development. I know that we tested a plate against the FAL, and impact velocity was over 800m/s from a distance of about 30m. Those things are pretty darn fast — almost a kilometer a second! To certify an armor design to the NIJ Level IV spec, it needs to be proof to a .30-06 APM2 round travelling at 868 meters per second. (Not easy… which is why there is no multi-hit requirement, and is also why there are no polymer or metal NIJ IV armors — only ceramics.)

      • Jim says:

        30,000 mph exceeds the escape velocity from the earth.

  2. Erebus, my friend–better rerun those calculations…If we’re talking about an FN 7.62 mm with standard NATO ball ammo 830 m/s sounds about right, which is around 1850 mph. The 560 mph projectile is right around a standard .45 ACP with 230-grain ball. So the rail gun could be effective; though I’m also somewhat baffled by the “3,000 kilojoules” the gun is said to deliver–that’s completely crazy. A .50-call machine gun only delivers about 15k joules of muzzle energy.

    The mass of the projectiles doesn’t seem to be given anywhere, but even if the figure is just 3k joules it’s still likely to be potentially lethal.

    I’ve been into this stuff since I was a young striving-to-be-Dangerous-Child and both 30,000 mph and 3,000 kilojoules jumped out as highly improbable.

    • Erebus says:

      Oops… You’re right. I fudged the calculation. Made it a lot more complicated than it needed to be, in retrospect. :-/

      I don’t quite understand the kilojoules thing, either. Probably just a mistake on their end. It doesn’t make sense for the projectile, and doesn’t make sense for the capacitators. 3000 kilojoules is one hell of a lot of force! A projectile from that aforementioned FAL should deliver just over 3000 joules of energy upon impact.

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