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08-08-2016, 09:06 AM
RE: Historical Weapons
Catapult vs Trebuchet

http://www.slate.com/blogs/quora/2016/07...lasobscura

What Are the Tactical Advantages of a Trebuchet Over a Catapult?

"It’s important to note, therefore, that catapults do more things than trebuchets do. They were frighteningly accurate, as both ancient sources and modern reconstructions attest. Dart-throwing catapults were, I kid you not, used to snipe individual soldiers off of fortification walls from far beyond bowshot (the longest range attested for a dart-thrower is 700 yards; the longest achieved by modern reconstructions something like 400—still way beyond the effective range of any bow ever made).”

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Also known as a Ballista.

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10-08-2016, 05:20 AM
RE: Historical Weapons
Quote:Dart-throwing catapults were, I kid you not, used to snipe individual soldiers off of fortification walls from far beyond bowshot

what the actual fuck...
Those Romans were truly a smart bunch.

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10-08-2016, 05:41 AM
RE: Historical Weapons
(10-08-2016 05:20 AM)earmuffs Wrote:  
Quote:Dart-throwing catapults were, I kid you not, used to snipe individual soldiers off of fortification walls from far beyond bowshot

what the actual fuck...
Those Romans were truly a smart bunch.

How have I missed this thread?

The above is indeed true. Earmuffs, they used to flood the Flavian amphitheatre with water and hold naval battles. Seriously. Astounding.

I have to read this thread. I may contribute Asian weapons since I studied both Chinese and Japanese weapons and Korean staff for many years.

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10-08-2016, 07:10 AM
RE: Historical Weapons
A good old-fashioned pointy stick. Simple, cheap, and effective.

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10-08-2016, 08:14 AM
RE: Historical Weapons
(10-08-2016 07:10 AM)Old Man Marsh Wrote:  A good old-fashioned pointy stick. Simple, cheap, and effective.

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During the Vietnam war the Viet Cong used them very effectively, they called them Punji sticks.

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11-08-2016, 03:09 PM
RE: Historical Weapons
Hi,

I'm recently into collecting and using hand catapults. Amazing power with half inch lead balls.

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Best fun is 'firing' into smooth water at 60yds+ ranges. Smile

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11-08-2016, 05:04 PM (This post was last modified: 11-08-2016 05:10 PM by skyking.)
RE: Historical Weapons
We had wrist rockets as kids.
https://www.sausa.com/product.php?id=7&category=16

They produced a significant velocity, and I was good enough to shoot starlings off the power line.
We made our own devious rounds from lead wool and nails, ball bearings, crab apples.

EDIT: LOL, amazon won't sell the wrist rocket, only the ammo and accessories. Illegal in some jurisdictions, and Australia Big Grin
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11-08-2016, 05:11 PM
RE: Historical Weapons
Have not read the entire thread yet.

Roman boxers gloves were made rope soaked in oil with broken glass embedded in them.

Nasty.

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11-08-2016, 05:17 PM
RE: Historical Weapons
Here is an old Chinese weapon, the nine section whip. Each section is steel helt together by three rings. Very sharp blade. I used to perform with this. I have not done so in many years now.

Here is one blunted for practice.

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Here is a performance.




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12-08-2016, 01:32 AM
RE: Historical Weapons
Presenting the Naginata:

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It's essentially a short sword on the end of a short polearm. It was used by both men and women, but was a favored weapon of females trained to fight, and often hung above the doorway as a weapon to grab in defense against someone trying to get in. If you're a fan of the movie The Last Samurai, as I am, you can see one being used by one of the older (male) warriors in the village, in several scenes where they're practicing together, and in the battle scenes.




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