Handheld railgun as powerful as an air rifle to go on sale in the US

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The GR-1 Anvil electromagnetic rifle

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An electromagnetic rifle, which propels a steel projectile using electromagnetic coils, is now being offered for pre-order in the US by Arcflash Labs, a Los Angeles company specialising in industrial pulsed power devices.

People have been building weapons that propel bullets with magnetic force for more than a century, from small student projects to the US Navy’s giant experimental railguns, but they haven’t previously progressed beyond the research stage.

The new device is known as the GR-1 (“Gauss rifle”) ANVIL. It is a coilgun, …

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