coil machine


The Rigsby Coil Gun,

Invented by a Texas man named Virgil Rigsby in 1934, the Rigsby Coil Gun was a machine that was unique in that it used electromagnets as its source of ignition. A coil gun, also known as a Gauss gun, does not use an expanding gas propellant such as gunpowder. Rather the projectile is propelled down the barrel using a series of electromagnets which, if timed right, will pull the projectile down through the barrel and out of the bore at high velocity..

The Rigsby Coil Gun fired at a rate of 150 rounds per minute with little sound or recoil. It was featured in a 1936 edition of Popular Mechanics but other than that saw little use of exposure.  The military was uninterested in the design because it was large, delicate, and required massive amounts of power to operate.


Drone / Ambient / Doom selection :

- Lull ‎:  Like A Slow River

- Klaus Schulze ‎:  Mirage

- Coil  :  Time Machines

- Henrik Rylander ‎:  Power Model X (Motherboard Drone Live)

- Paul Bradley ⁄ Colin Potter ‎:  The Simple Plan

- Nurse With Wound ‎:  Soliloquy For Lilith

- Arcane Device ‎:  Diabolis Ex Machina

- Eliane Radigue ‎:  Transamorem - Transmortem

- Earth :  A Bureaucratic Desire For Extra-Capsular Extraction

Looking for blogs to follow

If you post about any of these things then like this post please. (I just wanna fill my dashboard, I won’t ask to follow back)

- books (mainly LGBTQ, poetry, Stephen King, thriller, horror, Cesare Pavese)
- photography (landscapes, animals, sky, urban, books related)
- Harry Potter movie series (and books too)
- Sense8, 13 Reasons Why, Orphan Black, Wynonna Earp, Lost Girl, The 100, The L Word, Orange is the New Black, Emerald City, Person of Interest, The Magicians
- Octavia Blake, Raven Reyes, Luna, Lexa (The 100), Mistress of the West (Emerald City), Julia Wicker, Kady Orloff-Diaz (The Magicians)
-  Wayhaught, Doccubus, Clexa, Brittana, Rizzles, Emison, Sanvers, Supercorp, Swan Queen, Shoot   
- Linkin Park, Arctic Monkeys, Lacuna Coil, Florence and the Machine, Rihanna, Coldplay


Time Machines is Coil’s landmark drone music album, released under the alias Time Machines. It consists of four tracks which are composed of a single tone, called adrone. Each tone represents a certain hallucinogenic chemical (see track titles). It is similar to Brian Eno’s early ambient albums, except instead of creating an atmosphere of calm, it facilitates time travel, according to band founder John Balance. Each tone was tested and retested in the studio for maximum narcotic potency. John Balance described the album as an attempt to create “temporal slips”

terminallycactus  asked:

gasp! naga tim is so cute, the ultimate cuddling machine. coils around people he likes and traps them in long term hug/constrictor cuddles. no escape from him!!

XD LOL! yes!

 i can see jack having some “wonderful” memories when first meeting his little brother ;w;

Operation: Fragile Stiles

Based on this prompt: Stiles puts bells on all the wolves and Derek still manages to not make a sound. 1370w

It all comes to a head when Erica decides to leap out at him from beside a vending machine and he flails so hard his fingers cramp on the tab of his newly purchased can of coke. He makes a leap of his own, backwards, and gets drenched in a fizzy spray as his head smacks against the vending machine’s glass and sends something clattering down inside. It’s his third Operation: Fragile Stiles mishap of the week and there are still six days to go.

He splutters as the sticky drizzle runs down his face, his anger initially dampened by the acknowledgement that at least it wasn’t aimed at his crotch this time, until he realises he shouldn’t have even reached the stage of making concessions in the first place.

Erica doesn’t seem to see the problem. She bends down to retrieve the Butterfinger that somersaulted over the coil inside the machine with help from the impact of his skull and throws him a victorious grin as she skips away.

He’s had it with this game he never agreed to play. He’s sick of being the only human who has to put up with this shit, the constant shaving of years from his life as he watches over his shoulder for the next wolfy surprise. Allison might know her way around a bow and arrow and Lydia might have her acid tongue for a deterrent, but Stiles has… weapons. He does.

It’s Isaac’s snigger and Jackson’s curling lip that do it.

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efflorescence ; michael au

here’s a bit of tattoo artist!michael for you all. i started this months ago, but i finally got around to finishing it. it’s based off of this au

She never minded that her flower shop was situated beside a very popular tattoo shop. The people who would come and go from the doors – their arms stained with permanent ink and their hair dyed various different colors, always fascinated her. She loved that the people themselves were art.

She thought the same about her flowers. They were tiny masterpieces that would bloom every morning for people to admire them. But when their time was done, they would hide their beauty away from the world, until it was time to appreciate them again.

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A super cute scene from the script of “Squeeze” (1x03). Takes place right after the lie detector test:

A package of sunflower seeds stands suicidal on a ledge of the vending machine. The coil turns and the package falls. Mulder removes his snack from the bottom tray. Scully inserts some coins, then weighs her options, absently rolling her necklace between her thumb and forefinger. 

MULDER: What? 
SCULLY: Do I want the trail mix or the yogurt covered raisins? 
MULDER: With the day you’re having? 

He pushes some buttons. 
A chocolate monster loaded with comforting but unhealthy junk falls into the bin. Scully sighs, still playing with her necklace. 

SCULLY: What makes you think I’m having a bad day? 

He mimicks her motion with his thumb and forefinger. 

MULDER: The worse the day gets, the faster the necklace twirls. 

Caught, she releases her necklace. He produces the candy from the bin and hands it to her. They move along the precinct. She stops, flustered. 

SCULLY: Mulder, why’d you do that? 
MULDER: (a hedge) What, I’ve flipped for candy bars before.
SCULLY: You knew they wouldn’t believe you, why did you push it?

Alternative firepower: a look at different methods of discharge

All successful guns throughout history have utilized gunpowder in some way, as to create an explosion that propels a projectile towards its target. This is the way it has been for centuries and there are no signs that this system will be replaced in the near future. But it has its drawbacks - it’s loud, emits a visible flash and generates recoil. Thus, inventors past and present have sought ways to propel projectiles through other means. These are but a few.

Air guns

When somebody says “air gun”, the first thing that springs to most people’s minds is an airsoft or BB gun; essentially a non-lethal recreational weapon. But when the air gun was devised, it was originally intended to be very lethal indeed. The principle is simple: the sudden release of compressed air will launch a projectile at speed.

Perhaps the simplest and oldest form of an air “gun” were blow-pipes used by South American tribes to fire sharpened darts. These were encountered by the Spanish and Portuguese in the 16th century, and although they were surprisingly long-ranged, they were not particularly accurate or effective compared to the Conquistador‘s rifles.

Fast forward to 1430, when Guter of Nuremberg is said to have developed an air gun, although no records of it remain; only references to the fact that he invented such a device, without any description of the device itself. Samuel von Schmettau, a Prussian Field Marshall, is said to have owned an air gun that was dated to 1474, which may well have been one of Guter’s works. This gun was allegedly found in his armory after his death, and had parts missing.

By the Renaissance, air guns were fairly commonplace, at least in Italy. Leonardo da Vinci devised such a device and recorded how he made it. His air gun was about 55 inches long and fired steel darts. Some authors made casual references to air guns, suggesting they were quite well-known. In 1615, an Englishman visiting Rome claimed to have seen three air guns, all made of brass, being sold at 40 crowns a piece. These guns were designed to store air in the stocks, which pressurized over time. Reporting with some enthusiasm, he described one of the guns punching a hole through wood.

Marin le Bourgeoys’ air gun, c.1607.

In 1607, Marin le Bourgeoys invented an air gun that fired a steel dart from a 36-inch barrel. David Rivault de Flurance wrote that Marin’s gun was effective at over 300 meters. In 1655, a man purchased an air gun in Utrecht that he planned to use against Oliver Cromwell. Although he never attempted this, he did do history the courtesy of describing the weapon, claiming it had a range of just over 100 meters and had a magazine of 7 shots.

The Royal Society of London developed an air gun in 1664 that was reportedly “sufficient to kill a man”. Their invention never came to anything, but it does indicate that an interest in militarized air guns was developing by this time, whereas previously they had been reserved for hunting purposes.

Interestingly, the Royal Society were also the bearers of “the most ancient air gun ever known”, as reported by Michael Bernhard Valentini in 1688, but it was donated to the British Museum in 1781, who lost it. Clever.

Other powerful air guns were developed by the scientist Robert Boyle and the gunmaker Johann Georg Günter, who made repeating air guns that cost a small fortune.

Engraving of a hunter pumping an air gun, c.1654.

Steam guns

There have been few attempts to harness steam power to launch projectiles, but Leonardo da Vinci developed a steam-powered gun, the idea of which he attributes to Archimedes. Da Vinci said this of the weapon:

“It is used in this manner: the third part of the instrument stands within a great quantity of burning coals, and when it has been thoroughly heated by these, it tightens the screw which is above the cistern of water and as the screw becomes tightened, it will cause that below to become loosened. And when consequently the water has fallen out it will descend into the heated part of the machine, and then it will instantly become charged with so much steam that it will seem marvelous, and especially when one sees its fury and hears its roar. This machine has driven a ball, weighing one talent, six stadia.” 

Da Vinci’s steam-powered gun, which he attributes to Archimedes.

So a noisy weapon, then, and one that seems to offer no direct advantage over a conventional cannon, but an innovation nonetheless. It was developed no further than this, and the concept of steam-powered weapons was not re-explored until the 18th century, when on the 18th of April 1797, three men in Philadelphia demonstrated a steam-powered musket. These men were G. Turner, R. Wells and R. Storkton. How this musket operated is not known.

In 1814, General Girad, a French officer, demonstrated a wheeled boiler that powered a volley gun of 6 barrels. The weapon was magazine-fed, with a rate of fire of 180 rounds per minute. Like Turner, Wells and Storkton’s musket, the details as to how this weapon operated have been lost.

Jacob Perkins of Newport worked in Water Lane in London in the 1820s, and developed a steam-powered machine gun. Capable of firing up to 240 rounds per minute, the weapon was promising. The projectiles were cylindrical bullets filled with water, with a small metal plug in the rear end. When these bullets got extremely hot, the water within them would reach boiling point and melt the metal plugs in the rear. The pressurized steam generated by the boiling water would propel the bullets with force once the plug melted and the steam was released.

Perkins was optimistic about his invention and patented it 1824. He bought a factory near Regent’s Park and demonstrated his weapon there on the 6th of December 1825. The Office of Ordnance, joined by the Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, attended the demonstration. The demonstration went well, but it was not investigated for military application, due to the fact that it required a furnace, a generator, pipes, valves, and 100 gallons of water for every hour of use.

Perkins’ gun ended up being exhibited as a curio at the Adelaide Gallery of Practical Science. Although Perkins’ son Angier, and his son, Loftus, kept developing the weapon, the only use it saw was demonstrations. It made an appearance at the Great Exhibition of 1851, but saw its final use in 1861.

Electric guns

The first gun to be powered by electricity was invented by Thomas Beningfield in 1854. Beningfield marketed the weapon heavily, calling it the “destroying power” and making the outlandish claim that it could fire 1200 rounds per minute. Like Perkins’ weapon, the Office of Ordnance was interested and arranged a demonstration of the weapon, with the Duke of Wellington once again attending. Surprisingly, many of Beningfield’s claims held true. Those who saw it were impressed; it fired lead balls rapidly down a 35-yard range.

An engraving of Thomas Beningfield’s electric gun, c.1854.

Beningfield himself proved uncooperative with the Office of Ordnance, however. He refused to let them inspect the weapon and refused to tell anyone how it worked. He never patented the weapon, thus there is no description of its workings. William Greener theorized that it generated power from galvanic batteries and was wholly dismissive the of weapon, suggesting that it probably required a lot of maintenance like Perkins’ gun did.

In France, Mr. Le Baron and Mr. Delmas of Paris patented a rifle in 1866 that used electricity as a means of ignition. The rifle was chambered for special cartridges that had negative and positive connections and were ignited by an electrical spark, generated by a coiled potash battery stored in the butt. It was reportedly prone to violent vibrations. Mr. H. Pieper of London developed a similar but lighter rifle in 1883, but nothing came of it.

The Le Baron & Delmas gun, c.1866.

A more recent development into the electric gun came in 1933, courtesy of Mr. Virgil Rigsby of Texas. Rigbsy’s gun was a coilgun, meaning that the barrel was wrapped with circular electromagnets that projected a magnetic bullet through the barrel at a high velocity. This way, there is no recoil, no muzzle flash and no gunshot; thus, Rigsby’s weapon was hyped as a “silent machine-gun”. Rigbsy patented his design, but ultimately the amount of power needed to generate the electromagnets was too much to justify it replacing conventional machine guns.

Virgil Rigsby demonstrating his coil-powered machine gun, c.1934.

There you have it. There are other methods I could mention that have been experimented with (elastic, gas, bellows, spring guns), but I think this will suffice for now. Will gunpowder ever be toppled? The newest developments suggest that railguns might be deployed by the Navy in the near future, but are there other designs that future soldiers could be using?