Self-confessed mad scientist builds Tesla gun

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

If electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla had 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 hacker spaces" 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 the simple click of a trigger.

Click through to 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 (below) of the spark shooter in action. What would you do with this kind of power?

Via CNET

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