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By John O'Bryan

Sooner or later a prehistoric man picked up a rock and threw it at whatever. And the heritage of guns all 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 superstar, and the guy catcher, whereas conveying actual information regarding every one weapon: its historical past, 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 striking guns provides all of the unusually precise information guaranteed to galvanize anyone who is ever made a gun with their palms and acknowledged, "PEW-PEW-PEW!"

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Once that’s achieved, he can use the edge of the khopesh to hack the enemy to pieces. You could even speculate that the curve of the blade helps with reinforcement, preventing it from bending on impact. This was especially helpful in an era when everything was made from weak-ass copper. Occasionally, the end of the khopesh would be sharpened as well, providing a serviceable tip for stabbing, because hey—the Egyptians liked to keep things fresh. DATE OF ORIGIN: 2500 BCE LENGTH: 50-60 centimeters TYPE OF DAMAGE: Mostly slashing; some stabbing BEST DEFENSE: Arrows, slings, and other ranged weapons; also consider: armor PRECURSOR TO: The kopis, a forward curving sword of Greek infantries; saber; scimitar ALSO CALLED: Sappara (Assyrian); wicked shaap question maaak (Bostonian) SOCKETED AXE Once upon a time in the Fertile Crescent, in the ancient cities of Sumer, people discovered they had been using terrible, unreliable axes.

The axe head stayed safely on the shaft and didn’t fly into their friends’ heads. Problem solved! DATE OF ORIGIN: 3000 BCE BIRTHPLACE: Sumer REPLACED: Lashing and rivets technology NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH: Axe body spray, a foul chemical weapon favored by eighth-grade boys USER REVIEWS: “This new axe is amazing. It doesn’t accidentally kill my children while I’m chopping firewood. ” EGYPTIAN MACE I’ve always thought of the mace as a rich man’s version of the club. It packs all the blunt force of a crude Stone Age club, but it’s designed and polished for the fashion-conscious warrior.

And the first composite bows were born! The layer of animal sinew brought elasticity to one side of the bow, and the layer of horn brought firmness and support to the other side. The result was a lot more energy stored in a relatively small bow—enough to pierce armor. The only drawback was the difficulty of maintaining such an elaborately crafted weapon. Humidity was the enemy of every composite bow. The layers were glued together (usually with more animal products), and moisture could cause them to fall apart.

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