Mythbusters Steam Machine Gun

The American Civil War was a horrific period in our nation’s short history as the nation turned inward and nearly tore itself apart in four horrific years of internal strife. Advancements in industry made it one of the first modern wars, as railroads, the telegraph, steamships, and mass-produced weapons were employed extensively.

One of those weapons had lived on as something of myth and legend, a supposed steam powered machine gun. Turns out there was such a thing called the Winans Steam Gun. Recently, the Mythbusters attempted to replicate the weapon to see its capabilities. Check out the video below to see the results:

The gun itself is not very effective, but does show an impressive step in steam-driven warfare. For more information on various steam driven firearms, be sure to visit the Strange Engines blog which features all manner of steam driven guns from the Civil War and “other curiosities.”

Steampunk Blunderbuss

I’ve been going on something of a modification rant as  of late, but this mod is sure to excite. Artist Jonathan Alberico has made a working Steampunk inspired blunderbuss named Doris.

This blunderbuss is on sale right now on Ebay. You can buy this beauty and obtain the perfect weapon to accent your Steampunk attire. It is sure to be a one-of-a-kind purchase.

The weapon is designed to shoot rubber balls, but can also fire a myriad of other projectiles like bouncy balls or confetti. Quite frankly, I can not think of a more excessive and over the top way to launch confetti than with this contraption. That certianly is one way to get a Steampunk party started!

I can’t help but admire the craftsman ship that was put into this blunderbuss. It’s obvious Mr. Alberico is a very talented artist. I’m sure we can expect to see more firearms emerge from his workshop.

Here’s some videos of Doris in action! Enjoy!