Weapon: A Visual History of Arms and Armor


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As a librarian, I find the DK series great for youngsters, with good informative pictures and text. Adults like them too!


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Wow! The illustration in the 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons Arms and Equipment Guide is beautiful!


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How typical of the typical pandering leftyism of BoingBoing to typically critique such a publication!

After you take our guns away, you’re coming for our libraries next, I suppose. TYPICAL.

this is a topical joke


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More than two dozen different polearms included!


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This is the kind of stuff every other character on The Walking Dead should be toting, except the characters aren’t smart enough to know which end is the handle.


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Yeah, the cluelessness of keeping to knives rather ANY longer weapon bothers me. It doesn’t need to be a katana, a baseball bat would be better than a buck knife, simply crush the skull and move on. It’s not like they parry!

I believe my son bought this book when he visited the Tower when he was 13.


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I’m very fond of George Cameron Stone’s A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times, but this has shiny color pictures. Buy both!


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I have this book, and it’s an excellent reference! (maybe I guess if you’re a bladesmith or armorer, or maybe even cosplayer…)


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One obvious pick would be the 3" lengths of black iron gas pipe sold in hardware stores. Also a baseball bat split at the end with a 6" chunk of auto leaf spring bolted in. Probably the most useful thing would be something like an axe handle with a small very cheap stamped metal hatchet blade set in the end. But I like the bat idea because it’s all about making a huge puncture followed by the blunt force follow through that crushes the compromised skull.


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I know. We clever humans have so very many variations of ye ol’ pointy stick.


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Damn straight. Just about any hardware or outdoor shop has some long handled wood splitters. Wouldn’t be hard to make DIY boar spears too. Get medieval on those deadites…


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Just WHAT are you blathering on about?

Great little article! I just bought a copy of the book on eBay for less than $7.00, shipped!


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Just today I reminded my students to label their axes.


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Anytime there is an article mentioning guns, some nut posts about BB being radical peacenik left-wingers opposed to guns, weapons, blah blah chemtrails blather.

Guns are just another tool. And, lo! Here is a post devoted to the beauty of weapons (not generic tools), and not a single one of them is going “oh, hey, guess you guess are knee-jerk anti-weapon reactionaries!”

See the spoiler text.

 

Well, that frog didn’t make it.


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I always wondered why they are using 4" folders for 1/2 the work? I’d want a fixed blade knife like the old school Ka-bar. Attaching that too PVC pipe or wood dowel would give you a good spear for more length.

Finding a good sword that wouldn’t break with use might be a bit difficult. But you could grind your own with a sledge hammer, a makeshift anvil, a generator, a grinding wheel, and some leaf springs from a car.

Like I’ve said before, for the zombie invasion, something like a Ruger 10/22 with a bunch of their 25 rnd magazines would be perfect. The new 50th anniversary is even pre-threaded for a suppressor (though in the shows defense, that variant was only made this year, after the apocalypse.) You can carry 500 rounds for a fraction of the weight of 9mm or .233/5.56mm. Slap a red dot on there and you could zap zombies at 50 yards with minimal training and skill. No recoil means fast followup shots.


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