Reloading blows. Fortunately, you’ll probably never need to with this beast: Nerf’s Nemesis MXVII-10K.
This Nerf blaster is not to be trifled with, a point made abundantly clear by Popular Mechanics which reviewed it first. It’s fully automatic and unloads an unbelievable number of dense yellow balls from a gigantic hopper on top in a matter of moments. The balls come zipping out of the Nemesis at 70 miles per hour, or put another way; at 102 feet per second.
The Nerf gun uses two battery-powered wheels underneath the plastic hopper on top — where the balls are stored — to grab the balls and sling them out of the barrel at a surprisingly high speed for a kid’s toy. The hopper itself holds up to 100 rounds, which is a crap ton. It’s so many in fact that it takes a full minute to reload.
The blaster also has a full stock, though it’s more for storage than function, after all automatic Nerf guns aren't known for recoil, though they are known for needing batteries, and this beast is no exception. It requires a whopping six D batteries. Alternatively, if you don’t want to go through a ton of disposable batteries, you can use the rechargeable packs from Nerf, which plug into an outlet and power up in a few hours.
When fully loaded and charged, the blaster can fire for about 25 seconds non-stop before running out of rounds, with a slight shake required here and there to get the balls flowing from the hopper.
The Nemesis will be available this fall for around $100, which may seem a bit steep for a toy gun, although the idea of blasting coworkers and friends with hundreds of yellow Nerf balls is tough to put a price on.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."