Arcflash EMG-02 — Coil Gun Coolness

The future of guns has arrived, and it’s both cool and innovative. Arcflash Labs’ EMG-02 Gauss Gun is a 10-stage, medium-voltage, capacitor-augmented, fully-automatic coil gun. Say that three times fast.

What the EMG-02 is, is a look at the possible future of computers and electronics in firearms. The EMG-02 has eight computer optically controlled stages and is made to fire ferromagnetic dowel pins between 6 and 8mm in diameter and 19 and 22mm in length.

Arcflash Labs EMG-O2 Gauss Gun
The Arcflash Labs EMG-O2 Gauss Gun is a coil gun the company hopes will create new inroads in innovation in the firearms world. (Photo credit: Arcflash Labs)

Arcflash Labs released the following details of their EMG-02 coil gun:

Arcflash Labs, LLC, announces another milestone in the development of their handheld electromagnetic accelerators – an improved model with a more practical design, higher rate of fire and refined features, the EMG-02. The device is capable of delivering 266 Joules per second of energy on target (15 ft-lbs at 800 rds/min), doubling the output power of their last product the GR-1 “ANVIL” (100 Joules per second). This higher rate of fire allows for the EMG-02 to fill more practical applications in today’s market.

The EMG-02 delivers similar muzzle energy to an air rifle, but with a much higher rate of fire. A high end pneumatic air rifle might be able to fire 20-50 shots before needing to re-pressurize. The EMG-02 can fire full auto, 18 rounds per magazine, and each battery stores enough charge for 300+ shots. No compressor required. The batteries can even be charged using inexpensive solar panels.

The key advantage of a Gauss Rifle over a firearm or air rifle is its versatility and independence – you can fire any magnetic projectile that fits inside the barrel, even ammunition fashioned from ordinary steel bolts. Gauss Rifles eliminate the user’s reliance on mass produced ammunition, expensive air compressors, or complex/ dangerous reloading equipment. They also have very low recoil, allowing for high accuracy at short range (20-60 feet).

Arcflash Labs EMG-02 coil gun laser
The Arcflash Labs EMG-02 coil gun has a number of improvements on earlier generations. (Photo credit: Arcflash Labs)

David Wirth, a co-founder of Arcflash Labs, told the media “with this new product, we’re hoping to shake up a market traditionally dominated by air rifles.” The other co-founder of Arcflash Labs, Jason Murray, stated: “It’s the best design we’ve come up with yet.”

Check out this video of the EMG-02:

readout screen on the EMG-02
A closer look at the information readout screen on the EMG-02. (Photo credit: Arcflash Labs)

Interested? Arcflash shared some details of the EMG-02:

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER – Batch 1 ETA 15 December 2022
Lead time: approx. 4-6 months
For more information, please visit our new shipping table.

ALPHA PRODUCTION VERSION
– Full liability waiver *may* be required of end user prior to shipment
– Unit ships with one (1) EMG-02 gun, one (1) hard carrying case, one (1) battery pack, one (1) battery charger, one (1) 15-round magazine (MG15A), as well as ten (10) 51634 armatures.

MSRP for the Arcflash Labs EMG-02 is currently listed as $2515.50.

What do you guys think? Would you want a coil gun? Tell us what you think, and what you’d like to see from guns down the road, in the comments section.

Arcflash Labs EMG-02 in case
Another look at the Arcflash Labs EMG-02. (Photo credit: Arcflash Labs)

Coil Gun Specifications

Accelerator Specifications

Primary power source 1x 15S LiIon – 63V
Power supply Proprietary (11kW)
Capacitors 1x MV electrolytic
Switches Proprietary (IGBT-based)
Projectile variable caliber, alloy steel, 4.6-8.5g
Magazine Capacity 15-18 rounds
Battery Capacity Up to 300 shots per battery
Rate of fire 8.0 rounds/sec (auto) 13 rounds/sec (burst)
Muzzle velocity Up to 75 m/s
Muzzle energy Up to 20J
Efficiency 4.45%

Physical Dimensions

Barrel length 13.0”
Bore 0.32”
Physical Dimensions 32.5” x 9.0” x 4.5”
Overall Weight (unloaded, no battery) 9.7 lbs
Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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