YouTuber Builds Batman's Grappling Gun That Actually Works

Becoming an amateur Batman is quite the engineering challenge!
Derya Ozdemir

It is impossible to watch a Batman movie or play Just Cause and not feel absolutely hooked with the grappling hook Batman uses. This handheld tool enables Batman to shoot out a claw-shaped projectile on a retractable high-tensile cord. By grabbing onto a surface, this cord pulls Batman to his target; so as you'd imagine, it's not that easy to recreate it in real life.

No matter how hard it looks, YouTuber Built IRL decided to give a try of his own one year ago nonetheless and after one year, he has succeeded at creating a grappling hook gun that functions pretty well. It wasn't an easy task though, and it became even harder when he wanted to make it perform the same way Batman's does. This means that he had to build a grappling hook that has enough torque and power to lift a fully grown person off the ground.

Over a course of five videos over the past year, he had to deal with unique challenges that needed to be overcome with genius engineering tricks. As you'll see in the video, the results are not as pretty as the one Batman carries around on his utility belt, but it definitely gets the job done. Enjoy! 

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