A preponderance of evidence proves that wearing a mask significantly reduces the chances of spreading COVID-19.
But many Americans still refuse to don face coverings in public, as some believe they are ineffective or uncomfortable and others think they can cause carbon dioxide poisoning – while some people are just plain lazy.
Enter YouTuber Allen Pan, who has literally weaponized the war on ‘mask-holes’ with a gun that launches a surgical mask at a target’s face.
The mask gun was built using a CO2 canister, part of a car’s break line and the pistol grip of a spary paint can as the trigger.
After the first attempt of shooting a mask onto a mannequin, the innovation proved to be 100 percent successful.
YouTuber Allen Pan Pan built a gun that fires a surgical mask to take down anti-maskers. He hooked up a C02 solenoid valve (pictured) to part of a car’s brake line and used the pistol grip from a pray paint can as his trigger. Small weighted magnets on the corner of the mask give it heft and help it wrap around a target’s face
Pan, posted a video about his invention on his YouTube channel, Sufficiently Advanced, which has more than a million subscribers.
‘There are so many smart people who have made so many videos about how masks are safe and effective,’ Pan said, ‘If that works, it would’ve worked by now.’
Instead, the 30-year-old said, he was going to focus on ‘the one thing coronavirus protestors actually seem to care about, the Second Amendment.’
‘An American problem,’ he added, ‘demands an American solution.’
Pan has more than a million subscribers on his YouTube channel, Sufficiently Advanced. His gun worked perfectly the first time he fired it, but subsequent attempts were a bit wide of the mark
After mixed results with a mannequin’s head, Pan tried his mask gun on himself. He was able to launch the mask onto his nose and mouth without causing any bodily harm
Pan built his jerry-rigged shooter by hooking up a C02 canister to a solenoid and part of a car’s brake line.
He used the pistol grip from a can of spray paint as his trigger.
Small weighted magnets on strings tied to the corner of the mask give it some heft and help it wrap around a victim’s face.
Amazingly Pan’s first attempt – on a mannequin head – was 100 percent successful.
Even with a green laser scope, though, subsequent tries were less so.
They either left the dummy’s nose uncovered or went completely wide of the mark.
After one misfire resulted in the dummy’s neck being ‘strangled,’ Pan declared ‘We’re ready for human trials!’
He used himself as a guinea pig, successfully covering his nose and mouth without causing any bodily harm.
Then then took his device to Huntington Beach, a conservative slice of Southern California that’s held numerous pro-Trump rallies.
Pan brought his invention to Huntington Beach and let some locals. test it out. Pan’s mask gun isn’t quite ready for mass production, but it’s certainly an entertaining way to engage people about public health during this trying time
According to Pan, only about one in four people were wearing masks when he got to the beach.
‘I fully expect people to get angry at me,’ Pan said in the video. ‘I even brought my running shoes in case things got, y’know, racist.’
Instead, he found volunteers interested in testing out his ‘alien, sci-fi alt-history steampunk’ weapon.
Pan is no newcomer to ingenious inventions: He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012 with a B.S. in electrical engineering.
Since then he’s built a working lightsaber, recreated Spider-Man’s web spinners and turned a treadmill into a PS4 controller.
In 2017, he was a contestant on MythBusters: The Search, and competed for on the chance to host a reboot of the popular Discovery Channel series.
Pan’s mask gun isn’t quite ready for mass production, but it’s certainly an entertaining way to engage people about public health during a trying time.