Some Crazy Weapons from History

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We as a whole realize that crossbows are boss – yet shouldn’t something be said about the arbalest? The Arbalest was a bigger adaptation of the crossbow and it had a steel push (“bow”). Since an arbalest was a lot bigger than prior crossbows, and in light of the more noteworthy elasticity of steel, it had a more noteworthy power.

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Crossbowman cocking an arbalest

The most grounded windlass-pulled arbalests could have up to 22 kN (5000 lbf) quality and be precise up to 500m. A talented arbalestier (arblaster) could shoot two fasteners for every moment. Arbalests were here and there thought about unfeeling or out of line weapons, since an unpracticed crossbowman could utilize one to kill a knight who had a lifetime of preparing. The utilization of crossbows in European fighting goes back to Roman occasions and is again obvious from the clash of Hastings until around 1500 AD.

They totally supplanted hand bows in numerous European militaries in the twelfth century for various reasons. Albeit a longbow had more noteworthy range, could accomplish tantamount exactness and quicker shooting rate than a normal crossbow, crossbows could discharge progressively active vitality and be utilized successfully following seven days of preparing, while a similar single-shot expertise with a longbow could take long periods of training. Crossbows were in the long run supplanted in fighting by explosive weapons, albeit early firearms had more slow paces of shoot and much more regrettable precision than contemporary crossbows.


With the advent of the trebuchet (an extremely powerful launch) came the acknowledgment that tormented bodies were not, at this point expected to gradually murder individuals in a braced town or stronghold – you could basically sling a spoiling or infected creature over the bulwarks – or for really quick outcomes, you could hurl over a couple of colonies.

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13th century depiction of Mongols using a counterweight trebuchet

Dead ponies were a well known weapon in this type of organic fighting, however anything loaded up with ailment would do the trick.The stabilizer trebuchet showed up in both Christian and Muslim grounds around the Mediterranean in the twelfth century. It could throw 300 pound (140 kg) shots at high speeds into adversary fortresses.

Trebuchets were designed in China in about the fourth century BC, came to Europe in the sixth century AD, and didn’t get out of date until the sixteenth century, well after the presentation of black powder. Trebuchets were unquestionably more precise than other medieval catapults.The trebuchet could dispatch shots a separation of over a large portion of a mile (more than 750 m).

Scythed Chariot

A scythed chariot was a war chariot with at least one sharp edges mounted on the two finishes of the hub. The scythed chariot was pulled by a group of four ponies and kept an eye on by a team of up to three men, one driver and two warriors.

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The charge of the Persian scythed chariots at the Battle of Gaugamela, by Andre Castaigne (1898-1899).

Hypothetically the scythed chariot would crash through infantry lines, slicing soldiers down the middle or if nothing else opening holes in the line which could be abused. It was hard to get ponies to surge into the tight phalanx development of the Greek/Macedonian hoplites. The scythed chariot stayed away from this inalienable issue for mounted force, by the sickle cutting into the development, in any event, when the ponies maintained a strategic distance from the men.

The edges broadened on a level plane for a meter on the sides of the chariot. Xenophon, an onlooker, portraying the scythed chariots at the clash of Cunaxa says, “These had dainty sickles stretching out at a point from the hub and furthermore under the driver’s seat, turned towards the ground”.A scythed chariot can be found in the chariot race of the film Ben Hur, worked by Messala. Scythed chariots are found in the principal Colosseum scene in the film Gladiator. In the film Alexander by Oliver Stone, scythed chariots are indicated dashing into Macedonian phalanx during the start of Battle of Gaugamela scene.

Hunga Munga

The Hunga Munga is an iron battling apparatus named by the African clans south of Lake Tchad; likewise called “danisco” by the Marghi, “goleyo” by the Musgu, and “njiga” by the Bagirmi. It is handheld weapon and has a metal pointed cutting edge with a bended back area and separate spike close to the handle. The weapon can be utilized close by to hand battle (Melee) despite the fact that it is ordinarily tossed with a turning activity.

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Variations of the mambele across the top row

These African iron weapons are tossed with a rotatory movement (like an Australian boomerang), and cause profound injuries with their anticipating edges. They come in numerous shapes and sizes and they were utilized across Africa from the Upper Nile on the east through Central Africa by Lake Tchad to the Africans of the Gaboon in West Africa. In parts of Central Africa, these weapons are formed like a flying creature’s head.

This weapon is utilized in the Role-Playing game Mage The Ascension by the Euthanatos characters for their supernatural ceremonies. Buffy (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer – picture to one side) utilized one of these now and again to fight evil presences that subjugate their casualties and power them to surrender their personalities. The hunga munga was utilized in the initial credits of the show.


Culverins were medieval weapons. These were regularly utilized by horsemen in a medieval sort of drive-by shooting. The hand culverin were made of a straightforward smoothbore cylinder, shut down toward one side with the exception of a little gap intended to shoot the explosive.

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Roman caltrop at the Westphalian Museum of Archeology (German: Westfälisches Museum für Archäologie), Herne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

The cylinder was held set up by a wooden piece which could be held under the arm. The cylinder was stacked with explosive and lead shots. The culverin was terminated by embeddings a lit string into the gap. In the picture over, the hand culverin is between two little canons.

These hand culverins before long advanced into heavier compact culverins, around 40kg in weight, which needed a turn for help and pointing. Such culverins were additionally equipped with back-stacking sabots to encourage reloading, and were regularly utilized on ships – a forerunner to the cutting edge group.

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