By John O'Bryan
Sooner or later a prehistoric man picked up a rock and threw it at anything. And the heritage of guns begun. Comedy author and weapon nerd John O'Bryan relays the freaky highlights of man's centuries-old obsession with weaponry. He hilariously explains the mace, the morning famous person, and the guy catcher, whereas conveying genuine information regarding every one weapon: its heritage, makes use of, and badass capability. Flipping via history's highlights, readers will find out about Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, and the "peaceful" Shaolin clergymen. This final compendium of striking guns supplies the entire strangely real info guaranteed to galvanize anyone who is ever made a gun with their arms and acknowledged, "PEW-PEW-PEW!"
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Extra resources for A History of Weapons: Crossbows, Caltrops, Catapults & Lots of Other Things that Can Seriously Mess You Up
As evident from its name, the ge was a dagger fixed to the end of a pole, and its primary purpose was to throw mounted enemies from their steeds and chariots. If it caught the neck, the dagger-axe could even rip clean through the throat and vertebrae to decapitate its victim. Over the years, Chinese engineers experimented with various angles of the blade. They discovered that if the angle was too great, the blade couldn’t hook its target. If the angle was too small, the blade couldn’t slash easily.
The mace requires relatively little skill and an incredible amount of strength. But if you find yourself up against a wall of soldiers in impenetrable scale armor, the mace is one way to solve the puzzle. Rather than attempt to pierce the bronze, the idea is to bash it to the point of denting or collapsing, shattering your opponent’s bones in the process. ” excuse COMPOSITE BOW The original bows were “self” bows, meaning they were comprised of a single piece of wood. This was fine until some cheating asshole showed up covered in bronze scale armor and ruined it for every archer this side of the Himalayas.
It’s also probably how humans first made friends with dogs. ” Well, once upon a time, javelins did exactly that. Now, you might think that the spear and the javelin are the same thing. But you’d be dead wrong. Try to throw a spear, and you’ll find yourself having to stand still and balance the shaft in your fingers. You’re also likely to find that the spear is too heavy to throw very far. If this were a battle, you’d already be a casualty. The spear’s primary purpose is to remain firmly in your grasp and serve as a melee weapon.