strange weapons

The Puckle Gun

by Daniel Russ on October 27, 2012

  In the early 18th century, a British barrister and inventor named James Puckle invented a multi shot flintlock with a cylinder that could fire about 9 shots a minute, three times what one of the Queen’s well-trained blooded infantrymen could fire at the time. Demonstrations brought money into the Puckle Gun. The problem was […]

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Military Hydrofoil Development.

by Daniel Russ on July 16, 2012

  In the 1960’s, suddenly the hydrofoil seemed like a fertile area to explore in naval technology. Seafaring nations across the world began development on the hydrofoils all at the same time. Boeing and the United States Navy developed Patrol Hydrofoil Missileship (PHM). Or as the writer of Dark Roast Blend refers to it, a […]

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The French 370 mm Mortar.

June 3, 2012

The 370 mm Mortar was a product of and for French artillery. The gun itself was so big it had to be mounted on a rail and moved slowly into a semi permanent position. The Gun was transported, then the mount was moved and  then the ammunition. The round itself had to be loaded using […]

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The Urumui. India’s Flexible Sword

May 20, 2012

        The Indians of the Mid  Ages invented some of t he world’s strangest weapons. The Urumi was no exception. A sword wrought out of a band of flexible steel, it was also called the Chuttval. In the southern Indian art of Kalaripayat, the Urumi was the art taught only to the […]

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The Soviet T-35 Heavy Tank Was An Early Disaster.

May 19, 2012

        In December 1930, the Soviet Office of Motorization and Mechanization (PMR) ordered the development of a heavy tank to work with the Red Army.  It was a 50 ton behemoth with five turrets. In fact the T-365 was the only five turreted tank in history. Development was almost impossible simply because […]

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