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FateOfDestinee takes a look at some toy guns and some stories in the media:

Fate-Of-Destinee-ENDOYea god forbid kids would play with toy guns at school anymore *eye roll* I hate this world sometime.  I thought I had it bad because I heard stories from older people about how they would bring rifles to school and go shooting afterwards, and I was irritated I couldn’t do that.

I still can’t believe kids get in trouble for playing around… pointing their fingers like a gun, chewing their food into gun shapes etc… ridiculous.

Thoughts?

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Modified NERF gun:

Super-Mario-Brother-Modified-NERF-Gun

I have really been into making custom Nerf guns lately, so I decided to try to make one for good ol’ Mario. Here is what I imagine it would look like. The ammo of choice is a Bullet Bill, and of course there is a working flashlight for all those dark pipes he has to explore. I wanted to incorporate as much of the Mushroom Kingdom as I could with this gun, so I also added Piranha plants on the sides and a super star on the back. I had to take out the functionality of shooting darts, so I added a sound every time you pull the trigger. It is the sound of Mario getting bigger. (Source)

Really neat.  You gotta love the attention to detail.

More pictures over on the flickr page.

Hat tip: Chris, Mark

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A Kickstarter project that reached its goal yesterday:

Two damn cool designs.  I like how they have the ability to slam fire, and one even lets you spray all the bands at once too hahaha!

Made in the USA from laser cut birch plywood!

The Sheriff model was $35 and the outlaw model was $25.  In typical terrible website fashion I am un surprised to see any mention of a direct sale on the Bandit Guns homepage.  Hopefully now that the Kickstarter campaign is over they will update the site.

You can check out the recently ended Kickstarter campaign for more videos and info.

Thoughts? Would you buy one?

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How NERF became the world’s best purveyor of big guns for kids:

It may seem silly to take this stuff seriously as feats of engineering, but in their own way, these toys are as well designed as a Dyson vacuum. When you pick up a blaster, when you feel the heft, when you put the stock to your shoulder and wrap your fingers around the handle, when you chamber a dart and pull the trigger and the dart comes flying out with that immensely satisfying thunk, it doesn’t feel like what you’re holding is just some cheap hunk of plastic. And every detail of that experience has been meticulously designed, engineered, and tested.

If you’re interested in NERF, engineering, or design, make sure you read the full article over at WIRED.

I can’t believe how complicated the NERF guns look now.  Pictured is a N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire Blaster which can hold 144 darts across 8 removable magazines (they call them clips haha) that sit in a rotating drum.  Crazy stuff, I’m really not surprised that company pulls in $400+ million per year.

Thoughts?

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Those crafty Japanese toy inventors are at it again:

I definitely would try and build my own before I’d drop $361 USD (28,350 YEN) on this!  Besides the few custom parts, it looks like you could get most of the kit from Home Depot.

Too bad there’s not a youtube video of this in action.  There are a lot of vids of people shooting bottles into the air using bicycle pump rigged launch pads though so I assume this would be similar.

Thoughts?

Hat tip: Raeshawn

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Salty flies anyone? *nom nom nom*:

How long until some kid shoots another in the eye and blinds them?  :P You just know someone is going to blind a hobo sooner or later too.

Safety engaged after each shot  WTF is that?  I’d find a way to disable that ASAP… you can’t have an assault pistol that keeps popping the safety on every time you pull the trigger!  What is this guy a Brady plant?  Maybe it was a Chinese design idea just to F with American kids the old fashioned way? haha yea I’m going with that one.

You can pre-order a gun at indigogo.  It’s only $30, which is awesome… I just wish it wasn’t made in China, and that he didn’t try to play it off as being so necessary in the video to go there.

More info on the Bug-A-Salt website also.

Thoughts?

Hat tip: Philip

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