Pentagon will pay $130,000 for homemade weapons

homemade weapons

Selected projects will compete against each other for a chance to build their prototype during a short Darpa-funded feasibility study phase, with up to $40,000 given to each idea. The teams will have only two weeks to create a prototype once they’ve been chosen, with up to $70,000 additional funding and up to $20,000 for testing.

I’m thinking we might not want to enter this contest.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I wonder if they would fund my ideas for an internet ‘hate machine’?

    • Ha! I want one!

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        You are already the T-1000 of Internet hate machines! 😉

  • moraywatson

    Clockmed and Khadr are shoo-ins to make it past the preliminary round.

  • Xavier

    I was like any 11 year old with access to chemistry sets, model rockets, gunpowder, and electronic parts, and built things that would probably get me put in jail or sent for a mental evaluation today. The recoiless cardboard rug tube bazooka was my greatest creation – it had a range of over 2000 feet and the payload exploded on contact. Accuracy was a problem, though.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      You know, you can compensate for accuracy problems by just hanging a bigger warhead on it.
      That, is a nutshell, was the basis of Soviet ICBM design philosophy.

    • Exile1981

      I used an x-acto knife to cut tin foil into tiny exactly identical pieces. Then I built a special model rocket to carry them up (3 engine).

      I’m pretty sure the visit I got from a couple of MP’s was because I launched it near a military radar station… or as we called it, the big golf ball.

      • Xavier

        3 stage?! You da man!

        • Exile1981

          2 stage. 3 engines in 1st stage and the center one ignited stage 2 which had a the ejection charge to toss my foil out into a cloud.

    • Exile1981

      Did you try setting the fins with a jig so it would spin?

      • Xavier

        I thought about that later but the bazooka had been confiscated by then.

  • Clink9

    Here’s mine.

  • FactsWillOut

    A drone that uses a rotary spreader to drop little 1 cc cubes of thermite actuated by lithium watch batteries and accelerometers.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    Will they hire Ahmed the Clock Boy to oversee it?