The Backyard Scientist's molten metal squirt gun

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The Backyard Scientist’s molten metal gun will melt off your face

Have you ever seen anything more metal?


Samantha Grasso

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 29, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 10:19 pm CDT

Everything’s better when squirt guns are involved, especially when they’re shooting pewter melted down to nearly 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

On the latest YouTube video from the Backyard Scientist, he tries out his molten metal squirt gun with some thrift store pewter home decor, glass, hot dogs, fire, and, of course, a watermelon. And yeah, the molten metal stream shooting out of the squirt gun definitely looks like a lightsaber blade that could slice off your arm.

Using styrofoam, glass, water, and more, the scientist shot the molten metal off at different objects to see what would happen. Unfortunately, the watermelon was probably the least exciting of target practice, but hey, at least he had a chance to set something on fire in the end.

Oh, there’s also a fun cameo of his new DIY Tesla coil complete with, of all things, a fidget spinner. Yes, it looks completely ridiculous and fun to touch, and he’s even included the schematic to the coil and a writeup guide to the squirt gun in the video description.

However, I’m not so sure I’d want to try my hand at shooting melting metal at inanimate objects myself.

Watch the full Backyard Scientist video on the molten metal squirt gun below:

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*First Published: Jul 29, 2017, 4:38 pm CDT