You know what earns respect real quick? Toting around a laser rifle from a post-apocalyptic world. Like the laser rifle from Fallout 3.
This replica, designed after the version in the game, was made by Harrison Krix from Volpin Props. Made mostly of wood, it took him about 30 hours to complete, and damn if it doesn't look incredible. If only it actually fired laser beams, it would be perfect. Maybe next time.