A History of Weapons: Crossbows, Caltrops, Catapults & Lots by John O'Bryan

By John O'Bryan

Someday a prehistoric man picked up a rock and threw it at anything. And the background of guns started. 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 big name, and the guy catcher, whereas conveying genuine information regarding every one weapon: its heritage, makes use of, and badass strength. Flipping via history's highlights, readers will find out about Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, and the "peaceful" Shaolin clergymen. This final compendium of notable guns promises all of the unusually real info absolute to galvanize anyone who is ever made a gun with their palms and acknowledged, "PEW-PEW-PEW!"

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It’s hard and brittle and therefore breaks into very sharp pieces. In fact, well-crafted obsidian blades are said to be many times sharper than modern surgical scalpels. ” Even though the edge it produces is second to none, obsidian isn’t the most durable substance. It chips and loses its edge much more easily than any metal, so it has to be replaced frequently. It’s also difficult to mass-produce, unlike metal items that are made from a mold. Another drawback: it’s only found near volcanoes, and most people prefer not to go anywhere near those.

Assyria wasn’t the first to figure out how to smelt iron. That honor likely belongs to the Hittites.  borrowed the iron smelting technique from the Hittites, and proceeded to unseat them as the dominant power in the Middle East. Iron weapons were something of a novelty at this point, typically made out of meteorite iron—a naturally occurring alloy that fell out of the fucking sky. The material was scarce, however, since meteors don’t land in your backyard every day. Assyria was the first to show up at a battle with an army that was completely strapped with iron, and the idea of an all-iron military had the entire ancient world shitting its tunics.

It made appearances at several famous battles near the end of the millennium. There is evidence that scythed chariots have been somewhat successful at breaking up infantry lines, and they may have taken out a fair number of opposing chariots in their time. But the primary purpose of these bladed war chariots was probably not to kill, but to terrify and demoralize. The way your neighbors were when your dad first gave you the keys to that Pinto. EASE OF USE: (Wheels can break; driving is rough. ) DATE OF ORIGIN: 2500 BCE BIRTHPLACE: Mesopotamia OFTEN USED WITH: Wheel scythes, archers PRECURSOR TO: Ford Pinto HUMAN SACRIFICES Somebody’s Got to Pay for This Shit You can imagine the following speech coming from some village elder four thousand years ago: “Look, we’ve all got to die someday.

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