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15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius by Simon Monk

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CHAPTER 1Coil Gun

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THIS COIL GUN (Figure 1-1) will fire a small metal projectile at up to 30 miles per hour. It is portable, being powered by batteries, and is guaranteed to strike fear into the enemies of the Evil Genius. On dark evenings, the Evil Genius likes to strap flashlights to the heads of his minions and make them run around the Evil Genius’ Lair while he takes potshots at them. Oh, how they squeal in panic!

A coil gun works in a similar way to a photographic flash gun. Capacitors are charged up over a few seconds, and then all their electrical energy is released extremely quickly. In a flash gun, the energy is released through a flash ...

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