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Coilgun

A Coilgun or Gauss rifle is a type of projectile accelerator consisting of one or more coils used as electromagnets in the configuration of a linear motor that accelerate a ferromagnetic or conducting projectile to high velocity. In almost all coilgun configurations, the coils and the gun barrel are arranged on a common axis. It is not a rifle as the barrel is not rifled. The name "Gauss" is in reference to Carl Friedrich Gauss, who formulated mathematical descriptions of the magnetic effect used by magnetic accelerator cannons.

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An interesting coilgun created by Youtube-user AnselmoFanZero, which though it has not been rated in efficiency, the creator notes that he does not care to rate it, as it punches through a watermelon, which is good enough. The design is, to say the least, definitely one of the "prettiest" of the homemade gauss guns on Youtube.

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Another video of the 1.25kJ Coilgun created by Youtube-user Larsplatoon, this time showing the details of its design, and construction.

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A 1.25kJ Coilgun created by Youtube-user Larsplatoon, which he explains the workings, and gives a demonstration of. "A coilgun fires a projectile with magnetic force instead of gunpowder. The projectile from this gun won't kill a person, but the electrical energy stored in the capacitors is 78 times the lethal amount for human beings so this is no toy."

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