posted on Jan, 10 2006 @ 07:26 AM
Not so long ago, I attempted to build a magnetic coil gun.
For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s basically an electrically powered magnetic weapon that uses an electromagnet to propel any type
of ferrous metal.
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Anyway, I eventually succeeded in building one. It ran off a wall socket which (here in South Africa) is 240V.
Although it was a fun project, I now have suddenly felt the urge to build a better and improved rifle-type model and I wish to bring a few problems
that I had in the past to my fellow ATSers attention and hopefully some of you can tell me where I am going wrong.
The main problems of my v1.0 coil gun
• The electromagnet (wound around the barrel) gets extremely hot. I substituted a glass tube that I found lying around however there was a huge loss
in barrel length
• I tried to charge capacitors using the mains however when I attached them to the gun, they did not discharge. (This is my main problem PLEASE
someone help me!) They did when I short circuited them with a screwdriver however.
• The gun was pretty powerful at short range (could go through an empty coke can) however did not go very far long range. I thought of extending the
barrel or using multiple capacitors (if it wasn’t for the above two problems)
• The gun wasn’t portable ( thought of making cartridges consisting of capacitors but due to my second problem I couldn’t)
So, does anyone have any ideas on how I can solve my problems or add to my next gun?