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Medieval armor was intended to offer almost full protection against bladed weapons, partial protection against lances, arrows and cross bow bolts, and a little bit of protection against blunt force weapons. It didn't do any good against heavy projectiles, against cannon or against direct hits by arquebus balls. Most types of modern body armor, such as those ...


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Back when firearms were introduced on the battlefield, armorers started to produce musket-proofed armor. This caused a little arms race, which the musket ultimately won, but better armor helped at first. This article has some penetration figures, with modern pistols and rifles for comparison. A modern pistol, with the smaller and lighter bullet, is ...


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Don't use magic to heat it up, you will end up having more troubles than you had before you enchanted it. Instead, use magic to give it speed. As you move something inside a fluid, you cause the fluid surrounding the thing to flow. If the thing is streamlined, that can lower the pressure of the fluid. That's important for ship building because below a ...


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Not in the way you are thinking. People already have made "upscaled atlatls"; they're called catapults and trebuchets. They just didn't load them with javelins, for several reasons. As @L.Dutch-ReinstateMonica already mentioned, logistics for the ammunition would be an issue. Like it or not, those javelins would have to be pre-made and then carted ...


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Most likely, yes .45 acp is a fairly low velocity round that doesn't need a huge amount of steel to stop it. Assuming hardened steel is being used for the armor. The breastplate is the toughest part of the armor and has a chance to deflect the round as well. Plus, once the threat is realized, they can just make thicker breastplates and be pretty certain a ....


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Ignoring the conservation of mass has physics-breaking implications. The biggest implication of these gloves is that you have an unlimited, free source of perpetual energy. Turn the density all the way down, and use an electric motor to lift the glove to some height. Now turn the density all the way up, and let the glove fall and charge a battery on its way ...


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Way out in left field answer number two. So far, most answers are looking at something that the ship 'runs in to'. Instead, A sticky solution. How about magnets? Every ship produces an EM field around it. This EM field is traveling at extremely high velocities. So, feed the area with a gadzillion ball bearings. When a ship with a high EM field passes through,...


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My solution is simple. Stabbing swords and small slashes. Stabbing swords Rapiers come to mind when we start talking about stabbing swords. Basically they come in many forms but all of them are thrust centeric, some to the point of having no edge and others to a lesser degree. Anyway rapiers offer excellent hand protection, they also have reach over even ...


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Method 1: Presuming you have a 7 round Colt, the technology you need is 8 fellow knights on horseback armed with just about anything heavy. If these charge at the gunman, whilst it's theoretically possible that he/she could shoot sufficiently accurately and quickly to kill 7 of them from the point they get in range, I would doubt it is possible to reload to ...


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Dog's teeth and head are tough. If it isn't an extremely bred breed like a chihuahua (also Devil's Spawn) then you have to imagine a dog running at maximum speed teeth first into their opponent. I have a 27 kg dog who can be lifted off the ground pulling a rope and slung in a circle with just the front teeth holding the rope (although I don't recommend this)....


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So devastating that it would change warfare in pretty much the same way modern artillery did: Nobody would field armies in closed formation anymore, but instead in more or less dispersed, smaller and mobile units. Your link already describes the actual effect of the lightning strike. Your edit with regard to the rod only changes the nature of application: A ...


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Just for the sake of linking this article, I'd suggest Chlorine Trifluoride, which is an utterly horrible compound from the very depths of some explosive reactive hell. However, I think that it might set the glass on fire, so containing it in glass bullets is probably a no-go. When it comes to general explosives, the usual formula is cram nitrogens onto the ...


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Answers and thoughts on your weapons: I think you are looking for contact explosives which explode on impact. No glass bullet needed. Just add old-fashioned metal casings (think pineapple-type 'defensive' grenades). A triggering fuse (possible but not developed with advanced alchemy) can guarantee a detonation for the less sensitive types, but otherwise ...


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The weapon is the music. https://dirkdeklein.net/2017/06/24/dancing-mania-aka-dancing-plague-choreomania-st-johns-dance/ Dancing mania... was a social phenomenon that occurred primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. It involved groups of people dancing erratically, sometimes thousands at a time. The mania affected men, women, and ...


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Pepper spray and guns both hurt people (and dogs) not in the line of fire! Gunfire near a dogs head will deafen them The gun needs to be near the dogs head for aiming. Either harnessed to an arm, mounted on side, or strapped to head somehow. All of these will damage the dogs hearing substantially after a few shots. Pepper spray passing a dogs eyes will blind ...


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Musical instruments are very fragile. They are designed around the sonics of the instrument and not around the durability; often made with soft woods. Even modern metal instruments such as trumpets, saxophones and flutes have a lot of small fragile parts that could be easily damaged. Finally the instruments themselves are usually created by master craftsmen ...


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Here's my ideas. lyres- has been slightly enlarged and the end string is really thin but strong. if you take it and slam it down really hard, it will chop heads off and becomes a slicer thingy. harps- a little big to be waving around, so the wires can be removed and used as a garrote, or some have handles and become whips. violin- a rifle barrel is hidden ...


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Whenever you have the option, use weapons Weapons are force multipliers and equalizers. An elementary schooler has almost no chance in an unarmed fight with an adult. With swords or knives they're going to still almost certainly lose, but there's a chance of them doing some real damage and possibly getting in a lucky stab that decides the fight, and a child ...


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Depending on ammunition, you M1911 is not much different to a crossbow except that it does not hit as hard, or penetrate as well, and has shorter range. Better rate of fire, of course. Consider a mounted knight with a shield and lance charging at a man on foot with a .45. Which would you rather be? A cool-headed man with a .45 and good aim might win, ...


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Jousting armor It protected it's wearer from the lanсe with total wight/energy of enemy, his armor, his horse combined. Total energy on the tip if the lance is at the order of sniper or antimaterial bullet - far greater than for pistol one. And this protection was quite reliable - deths were not that common on medieval joustings. Most clashes brought no harm ...


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It Would be Very Hard Atlatl's store energy in the javelin itself. The heavy stone/iron point resists motion more than the wooden shaft, since objects at rest tend to stay at rest. This results in compression of the javelin shaft like a spring. When the Atlatl leaves the launcher, it un-compresses rapidly, pushing forward. You can see this in the bowing of ...


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Instead of instruments themselves, use instrument's cases to hide the weapons. This had been done numerous times in fiction.


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A flute combined with a blow gun would incorporate two things that have been around for millennia. If it had only a few holes, such that all could be covered by the players fingers, they could switch from playing by blowing in a direction tangential to the mouthpiece to blowing through the end, and BAM, poison dart in the neck. Cymbals with sharpened edges ...


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Yo dog I heard you like weapons so we put an axe into your axe so you can kill while you kill. In the picture above you see Kids In Satan's Service bassist Gene Simmons, who built his bass out of a real axe shaped like an actual axe. It's not sharp, but is perfect to give someone else a beating. Other insane people have made electric guitars and basses ...


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There are different kinds of lava, with a range of temperatures usually around 700 to 1,200 Celsius (1,292 to 2,192 fahrenheit). So any material that can stay solid up to and above those temperatures could work, depending on your lava. Fused quartz glass, and many alloys of/with brass, bronze, copper and gold could be use for lava in the colder range of ...


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A ceramic thermos can do the job. However, if you want it to be brittle, you have to deal with consequences.


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It would require a more elaborate setup than a human's gun. Probably the safest route would be a gun mounted on its back or sides via a secure harness. This is triggered by a lever that the dog can manipulate with its mouth -- jerking it down hard. Then, the harness takes the force of the gun's firing, and so the entire body absorbs it. Back vs. side will ...


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It would be a hard undertaking in the 14th century. Firearms were just introduced in Europe, and neither gunsmiths or armor makers had yet a lot of time to improve their work. As such a "bullet proof" armor did not yet exists. After the introduction of firearms in Europe, there was an arms race between gunsmiths, making ever more deadly guns, and ...


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Even though they might be smart, these dogs don't have the same experience as human adults, they can easily be shot if they stand still to aim, because armor would be too heavy for them, they'll need big calibres if they want to harm animals they'd actually need guns against, they won't have a way to aim a gun as precisely, they won't be able to reload, they ...


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This is how I think it can go. Lower calibers have lower recoil. The overall structure can be made to reduce the recoil. Sub-sonic ammunition exists already. Many weapons in the real world can achieve the whosh sound of fiction. Many silenced weapons are very low and can be used without ear protection. Forgotten weapons features many. So a long well ...


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