Should you’ve ever watched a Batman film or performed Simply Trigger, you’ve in all probability thought “wow, using a grappling hook would be so much fun.” YouTuber Constructed IRL, whose title is JT, thought so too — and he’s been engaged on making that occur for the previous yr. The tip result’s a grappling hook gun that features fairly equally to those we’ve seen in motion pictures and video games.

As you’ll see within the video above, this new grappling gun is extra spectacular than many earlier makes an attempt. For one factor, it’s self-contained — the whole unit matches on his arm, together with the CO2-powered blasting mechanism that shoots the hook utilizing normal cartridges, and a very highly effective 10,000W motor that’s correctly quick and might utterly pull him up into the air. (He reveals off some earlier historic makes an attempt to construct such a gadget, and positively looks as if his hook would win the grappling gun race.)

In contrast to another DIY grappling hooks, JT’s contraption also can deliver him again all the way down to earth. He can management his path and velocity with a wheel close to his thumb.

Fairly small for a tool that may haul a human at such velocity.
Photograph: Constructed IRL

You may also see a few of the real-world limitations of a grapple gun, ones that Batman by no means needed to cope with since he’s a piece of fiction. The machine could be arduous to manage — partly as a result of JT’s making an attempt to make use of his thumb whereas additionally supporting all his weight with one hand. For essentially the most half, he makes use of it connected to a harness, so the affect of being yanked up into the air could be unfold throughout his complete physique as a substitute of being dragged by a single arm. (Simply enthusiastic about that makes my shoulders damage.)

It additionally seems that wrapping a grappling hook round no matter you’re making an attempt to climb isn’t as straightforward because it appears in Overwatch or Titanfall 2. That’s very true when it’s being fired out of one thing connected to your arm.

Regardless of the drawbacks, the machine nonetheless works shockingly effectively for one thing so small, and it’s superior to see a undertaking like this come collectively. He’s additionally engaged on a version of Spider-Man’s web shooters, and his success with the grappling gun makes me assume he may very well have a shot.

If you wish to see the origins of the undertaking, you possibly can try the video JT made with Hacksmith Industries in November 2019. If you wish to see the whole construct course of, you possibly can additionally try this playlist of videos detailing the project’s evolution.

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