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Realism of throwing knives or daggers

Having thrown knives myself as a (casual) hobby when I was younger I can tell you that it doesn't take that long to gain both power and accuracy with well balanced knives. Give it a few months of ...
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What would be the most effective melee weapon against heavily armored opponent?

You can view this as a future-analog of knights wearing armor, and it that context it really depends on the circumstances of the fight, but traditionally the best melee weapons against hard-armor ...
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Modern soldiers carry axes instead of combat knives. Why?

Combat knives as side arms are falling out of favor across modern militaries. Why? Getting into a situation in which your main rifle and sidearm both are no longer viable and effective yet the knife ...
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Realism of throwing knives or daggers

Keep in mind that through most of human history knives were extraordinarily common tools. Every soldier, workman, hunter, field worker, tradesman, shepherd, shopkeeper, etc. carried a knife as a ...
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What would be needed to have melee in a near future setting alongside ranged weapons?

I can't believe no one else has said this yet. All you need is... Tight quarters Mythbusters tested the whole "bring a knife to a gunfight" thing, and under a certain distance, the knife ...
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Modern soldiers carry axes instead of combat knives. Why?

Breaching I'm surprised no one has mentioned breaching. Urban combat is much more common than it used to be, especially with anti-insurgency suppression and targeted rescue/kill operations. An ...
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Realism of throwing knives or daggers

Historically throwing knives have been used mainly as a distracting technique, rather than an actual attack. They were used by what we commonly refer to as ninjas for example, and if I am correct ...
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What would be the most effective melee weapon against heavily armored opponent?

An Explosive Polearm Historically, Polearms were a quick (and safe) method of killing armored opponents. You're given good range for a melee weapon, and the pointed spike at the end provides good ...
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What would be needed to have melee in a near future setting alongside ranged weapons?

Do you need melee-only units or units with additional melee weapons? Safe use in space stations and artificial habitats. A bullet or laser beam that could go through body armor would also go through ...
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Primitive underwater melee combat

Fend off foes while diving (curious sharks and more aggressive monsters)? You don't. When there are large predators around, leave the water. This is fairly standard behaviour in hunter-gatherer ...
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What would be the best melee weapon(s) to emphasize arboreal mobility?

When I think about climbing and melee weapons, I think of ice axes. (DMM Apex) Real-world ones are of course not designed for hitting people with, but lightweight one-handed axes and picks have ...
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What would be the best melee weapon(s) to emphasize arboreal mobility?

Daggers & Throwing knives When clambering up and down trees, rushing through the foilage and clinging to trunks, you don't want anything to snag on some twigs. You have to be sleek and slender. ...
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Could a non-newtonian armor coupled with a dampening fabric stop bullets but not melee weapons and arrows/bolts?

If possible, I want this armor to be effective against bullets, but much less against melee weapons and heavier projectiles like bolts, arrows or darts of any sort. Here's your problem: Whether or ...
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Primitive underwater melee combat

The Greeks had it right when they armed Poseidon with a trident. Because of the resistance of the water, any melee weapon that depends on a "swing" to do its work (swords used for cutting, axes, ...
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What would be the most effective melee weapon against heavily armored opponent?

My first thought is mace, however it doesn't sound like it'd be too effective...in knight terms, a mace breaks bones regardless of armour and or shield. But your question goes around this...so next ...
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What materials would we need to have melee weapons and body armor become the norm?

It can't be done with a material, there is just nothing that does what you are looking for. Imagine a human wearing armor hit by an RPG. It doesn't matter how much the armor holds its shape, the ...
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Realism of throwing knives or daggers

Throwing knives, shuriken and other implements of the sort can be useful, but not as your main weapon. They can be thrown at an enemy to create an opening, because it will likely provoke a reaction, ...
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Modern soldiers carry axes instead of combat knives. Why?

This kind of axe, light as it is (the example is 2.1lb according to its Amazon.com sales page) is about twice the weight of a large knife. This may well be too light to be really effective as a ...
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Modern soldiers carry axes instead of combat knives. Why?

In a word, symbolism. It's not as if combat knives are generally useful as weapons. In conventional war, if you're close enough that you have to use a knife rather than shooting the enemy, you know ...
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The need for melee troops

Guns, Tanks, Walkers et al are ranged weapons. These are really good for modern tactics that involve being as far away from the enemy as possible when engaging in combat. Thing is, even a modern ...
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Fencing style for blades that can attack from a distance

Slashing: torque In the 3rd century before the common era there lived in Sicily a Greek physicist and mathematician named Archimedes; his name literally means Master Mind¹, and he was indeed the ...
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Realism of throwing knives or daggers

As far as I know, throwing knives were never issued by any army or used on any sort of scale, unlike stones, hammers, axes, 'darts' and a variety of other missile weapons. Cleary they lack the range ...
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What would be the best melee weapon(s) to emphasize arboreal mobility?

Since your species is highly mobile on trees, that means they have some quite good upper body strength. Their arms are probably quite strong, and so are their hands and fingers - when holding on a ...
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What kinds of (effective) melee weapon could only be made with modern technology?

There are a few real life, common melee weapon that can only be made with relatively modern technology: Switch Blades While not technically a "modern" invention, these weapons did not ...
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What melee weapon should winged humans use?

Spear bottom line is the critical weakness of an avian being is their wings. Their critical strength is also their mobility from their wings. Therefore they would prefer high reach melee weapons that ...
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What would be the best melee weapon(s) to emphasize arboreal mobility?

Different Weapons for different classes of Infantry Probably 3 general use cases: Skirmisher Heavy Specialist Your skirmishers should be armed with ranged weapons - probably darts, as they are ...
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Modern soldiers carry axes instead of combat knives. Why?

These are TOMAHAWKS. There is a long tradition of 'hawks as combat tools as well as a lot of utility in a hatchet over a knife/saw (if you could only carry one). Current soldiers are using 'hawks more ...
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What would be the most effective melee weapon against heavily armored opponent?

When I was reading this question I thought of the AT-AT walkers from StarWars. They were huge, heavily armored, and for their size and purpose, lightly weaponized. With this in mind, I think the ...
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What would be the most effective melee weapon against heavily armored opponent?

The best weapon is a technique. Simply, anything that knocks them over, or impairs the legs. In the cases of humanoid forms, getting back upright from a prone position is a process that involves lots ...
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What would be needed to have melee in a near future setting alongside ranged weapons?

Go Medieval. In several historical times and places, the average peon would not be allowed to own a weapon, and especially not a status symbol weapon like a sword. However, agricultural tools would ...
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