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Fill it with ice cream. That will make it heavier. Also when you are done fighting you can eat the ice cream, and you will probably feel like ice cream about then.


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I practice early medieval (Viking) style semi-contact as a hobby. With blunt steel weapons not with some LARP toys. I can tell you how we deal with an enemy with a shield and then some historical methods I know. Now our fights are not entirely realistic, they do not devolve into fierce unarmed struggles, at the end, where we attempt to scratch out eyes and ...


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Imagine for a moment finding a man in full plate armor — a veritable knight encased head to toe in steel — and ordering a few dozen men to attack him with aluminum baseball bats. What you'd end up with after a couple of hours (assuming the knight just stands there) is a whole lot of exhausted men with bent baseball bats, and a knight whose worst problem is ...


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Rocks. source Rocks are cheap and easy to find. She will be able to find rocks that fit her hand. It is easy to practice throwing rocks at targets and improving your aim. That experience is directly applicable to throwing rocks in a fight. The girl does not want up close fights with people who have longer reach. She will be able to hit people with rocks ...


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A real life story. Back in a high school, my friends and I were very much into science, experimenting with a lot of different things. Once on a winter morning, my friend and I procured about one liter of liquid nitrogen, which my friend poured in his thermos and carefully put in a gym-type bag. We happily walked home on a snow packed sidewalk, until I, as ...


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Laser beams have straight trajectories in anything other than totally unreasonable gravitational fields (where you won't be using bullets, that for sure). This makes them very easy to aim. Lasers beams propagate at the speed of light. This will be substantially faster than any projectile weapon, and a reasonable amount faster than any particle beam, too. You ...


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I'm going to address the components of your question in reverse order. There is a way to craft new shells, without a big apparatus, like in your own home? Absolutely. You don't even really need power tools, although they help. The question is how LONG you can keep reloading the same brass until it doesn't work anymore. I've seen people state that they'...


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Nothing You don't need nothing special. As the late Tywin Lannister put it, "a man above the walls counts as ten men below". That's why throughthout history, castles and fortifications were rarely stormed, but sieged. A hundred men on the castle could easily stop a thousand attackers. 1000 men against 3000 zombies? They won't even tire. Give them clubs, ...


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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 everyday practice and you can hit a one inch target at a good few meters distance with a 90% success rate. Well balanced in this context means that the handle and ...


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I may be reading your question wrong, but I'm going from the assumption that the rifle isn't a typical weapon for this setting, but is imported from another timeline or world. In this case you just need to disassemble it. A medieval guardsman won't recognize this as a firearm: if he expects a firearm to look like this:


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Modern defense using Western (NATO) weapons: Bad news for the troll-warriors and their slaves: We've practiced defensive warfare for centuries, and it's brutal. At 3000m, a rain of 60mm mortars devastate their formation, spotted by hidden observers and directed by radio or field telephone. No large formations of conscripts after that - the smart ones just ...


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This is basic asymmetric warfare. It can work. Ask the Viet Cong how they held off the most powerful superpower in the world... What you don't do is take on the modern army on their terms, or even the terms a knight would be used to. Avoid an open pitched battle, it would be suicide. Ditch the armour, take a dagger instead of a sword. Carry out a sneak ...


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Yes There are several devices in existence that work based on similar principles as yours (with one or two adjustments). While they're used for plasma research, rather than weapons, they could presumably be adapted for your purposes. If you were to make a plasma cannon from scratch, you should probably model it at least in part after one of them. The major ...


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Outside-in armor. Armor is bulky, which sucks. No-one can tell how hard you have been working out when you have on all your armor. Phase metal can be used to make inside out armor. You can wear your skin tight fightin' leotard that shows your calves and stuff. All the armor plates are on the inside of the leotard which means they are phased thru your ...


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During the War of 1812, the United States frigate USS Constitution earned its nickname "Old Ironsides" when cannonballs from HMS Guerriere were seen bouncing off its heavy all-wooden live-oak hull rather than penetrating. In the mid-1800s, the introduction of ironclad and iron-hulled warships changed the nature of naval combat so quickly that many ships ...


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Frame challenge: You can’t, at least with the limitations imposed You are asking for too much, some of your points contradict each other or ask for something that's far beyond what a sword could do: Able to cut through steel, i.e. through a sword raised in defense or plate armour. Firstly, asking to cut through a steel sword with another sword is hard ...


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Real life solution - make guns scarce in your society In a country like US, where there are plenty of guns among the citizens, it's a no-brainer for criminals to use guns too. If they choose melee weapons, they would quickly find themselves bringing a knife to a gunfight. In a country like UK, where guns are harder to find, criminals largely resort to ...


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My home country (China) has very strict gun control laws. Basically, normal citizen will not be allowed to buy, sell guns, or make it themselves. If guns are involved in a crime case (say, robbery), the consequence will be much more severe. Surely you'll never stop people from making guns themselves, but they won't necessary use guns in conflicts - 6 months ...


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You have two choices here. Use mechanisms like wormholes that provide a "shortcut" through space. Wormholes, or wormhole-bearing things are sent out in a screen ahead of you, and can watch the enemy ship and relay signals back to you through the wormhole, thus avoiding the lightspeed lag. This does not need to violate causality or require FTL travel or ...


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I posit that it wouldn't change at all. It is already desirable to cause copious bleeding with edged and pointed weapons, there are plenty of quite old guides as to where large blood vessels are close to the skin (armpits are a good place, for example) and so people clearly trained and learned with the intent of hitting such places. There might be a slight ...


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You could, but it probably wouldn't be worth the effort. Yes, diamond is hard, but unless you have an ABSOLUTELY PERFECT crystalline structure all the way down to the nanometer scale, any flaw, even a tiny scratch, would eventually turn into a massive crack as soon as you started applying impact force. You could put a fantastic edge on a diamond sword, but ...


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Historically, knights were protected from firearms. Armour from the late 1400's on was "proofed" by firing a shot from a handheld firearm into it, allowing the purchaser to have a visible sign that the armour was capable of stopping a bullet. Handgonne from the 1400's Proofed suit of armour The issue was that while it was possible to create armour which ...


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Polearms and Shortbows If you ever ask yourself what the best medieval weapons are for someone, 7/10 times it’s a pole arm of some kind. Your anime tier seven year old still has short arms, so they need to compensate for their lack of reach. Therefore they need a long weapon. A halberd, bec de corbin, glaive, Dane Axe or warhammer allows for good reach, ...


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You might be surprised to learn that even the full power version of this gun could be fired by an experienced shooter without physical augmentation. It's all about gun design. First, there's porting. This is a pair or symmetrical set of openings in the top of the barrel, near the muzzle (typically to either side of the front sight). Propellant gas, still ...


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Langets Real polearms often had langets, or strips of metal attached to the head that extended a significant length of the pole. This made it hard to simply snap the pole off and made the whole thing much sturdier. The small amount of added weight was well worth the better strength. If your mages are going to invest in a polearm they will have langets, not ...


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Daggers work, but history is the best teacher here, and history says the simplest weapons are the most effective. In this case, a spear. Specifically, a cane or walking staff with a removable wooden head that reveals a metal tipped spear. Such a weapon would keep an opponent away from their target, hopefully long enough for a real guard to intervene. A ...


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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 practical matter, because there was always something to be cut, shaved, sized, sliced or pried open. Learning to throw a knife was a pastime (e.g., mumblety-peg) as ...


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Communications The classic answer to the question of "what modern invention would turn the tide added to a medieval / ancient army?" is "radio". This spell can work as short range, all weather undetectable battlefield communications. Whether the transmitting wizard is manipulating a quill on parchment, chalk on a blackboard or a "morse key", they can pass ...


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Forfeit If this is a reality show, then there must be cameras (or something analogous). And it's in the interests of the show runners to get good footage of the event, so it should already be against the rules to destroy, circumvent or simply evade the cameras, because what's the point of any of it if they can't broadcast it happening? Given that, it ...


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You don't. It's not merely impractical, it's straight-up impossible. A bow and a polearm require contradictory properties from their structural materials. However, you can do something functionally quite similar. If you are not set specifically on having a bow, as opposed to merely some sort of high-power ranged weapon, then you can quite easily combine a ...


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