The Re-Inventors

Season 2 Episode 2

Gun Helmet

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jul 12, 2011 on Smithsonian Channel
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Was this 1916 invention the inspiration for today’s military head-mounted displays, or a complete misfire? Dive into the trenches with the Re-Inventors as they dust off the blueprint for Albert Pratt’s gun helmet, a weapon “adapted to be mounted on and fired from the head of the marksman." Using only materials available from the early 20th Century, Matt and Jeremy test this wearable firearm for the first known time. The gun helmet never saw action in World War I, perhaps for a reason, and testing it could prove to be a huge headache…or worse.moreless

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