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If you could master any pre-19th century weapon, what would it be?
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If you were to live before the 19th century, and were to devote your life to training and mastery in a weapon, what would it be and why?

I would choose to wield the Katana and Wakizashi together. After reading some of Miyamato Musashi's writings on how advantageous they are on many different terrains and in many different situations, I think this would be my choice.

Who knows, maybe someday I will try to learn them for fun.

What about you?
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Given that the man used everything in the environment as much to his advantage as possible, including carving an oar into a makeshift sword, as well as psychological warfare... I can see why you'd choose the two sword style.

If my health and stamina allowed for it, I'd probably try to master a longbow - be it of Welsh design, or a Japanese daikyu. I'm a decent shot with a compound bow, despite my eyesight. Given the physical strength and eyesight, I could do well with either weapon.
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i'd try to master spear combat of all forms that Japanese Cross Yari Spear and Chinese Guan Dao
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The blunderbuss.
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The Brahmastra.
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all you guys know black powder guns were still around in the 16th century right some say it even dates back to the 14th and I would just mow all you down with dual blunderbuss, but prior to I would choose sword and round shield and Ok mythical weapons I pick Gjallarhorn
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cero69 wrote:

all you guys know black powder guns were still around in the 16th century right some say it even dates back to the 14th and I would just mow all you down with dual blunderbuss, but prior to I would choose sword and round shield and Ok mythical weapons I pick Gjallarhorn


Not to split hairs, but black power weapons date back to 9th Century China.

If I'd choose a weapon, I'd go with a war hammer.
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volcan_98 wrote:


cero69 wrote:

all you guys know black powder guns were still around in the 16th century right some say it even dates back to the 14th and I would just mow all you down with dual blunderbuss, but prior to I would choose sword and round shield and Ok mythical weapons I pick Gjallarhorn


Not to split hairs, but black power weapons date back to 9th Century China.

If I'd choose a weapon, I'd go with a war hammer.


yes the Chinese were the first to use it but it wasn't until the European started using and improving it making them much more affective than any of the Chinese designs granted "grenades" have been around longer than firearms.
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The composite bow for ranged and the wakizashi for melee.

The composite bow was the most powerful pre-rifle ranged weapon. It could shoot further than either the Welsh longbow or the Japanese yumi, the two other top performers.

The wakizashi had the same cutting power and balance that the longer katana had but it was shorter making it less unwieldy for stealthy, close quarters combat situations.

The combination of these two weapons along with proper training and weapons mastery would really be of great use in pre-rifle, guerilla style battle.
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Katana It would be awesome, if I were in that time period, I would totally be a warrior with a katana xD
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My long penis



What he said. Mine is in the death maul class. PRETTY HEAVY.

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What he said. Mine is in the death maul class. PRETTY HEAVY.



*snort* WHOA BRO. I HERD U NEED, LIEK, 99 STRENGTH TO WIELD THAT NYEHEHE
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Greatswords any day

If you've read the Berserk manga, then the sword guts gets from the Blacksmith
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Jdaimond wrote:

What he said. Mine is in the death maul class. PRETTY HEAVY.



*snort* WHOA BRO. I HERD U NEED, LIEK, 99 STRENGTH TO WIELD THAT NYEHEHE


wrong my good friend. You need OVER 9000!!!!!(like vegeta says it if youve ever watched dragonball). And guest what.............im the strongest there ever was in that class.
Im so big that i often get mistaken for a tripod.
Dont ask me why one leg is sticking out when i sit down. i mean its gotta go somewhere.
I can do a pushup without the use of my arms.
people dont go near me with a ten foot pole.
Unless you want to be knocked out cold, dont stand beside me when i turn.

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Based upon what I know of pre-18th century weaponry (which frankly isn't very much), if I had to actually live in those times (which is a rather broad swath of history), I think I'd choose the sword as well as a personal weapon, and the katana in particular. Supposedly the metallurgy and craftsmanship of the katana were unsurpassed until relatively modern times. I've also heard pre-18th century firearms, while potentially quite deadly if they hit their mark and rendering heavy plate armor obsolete, were not very accurate, hence requiring mass formations, and took quite a long time to re-load.

If I could master a pre-18th century weapon while living in the current day, I might still choose a sword if simply for the subjective "coolness" factor. Or the three-piece rod (sansetsukon-- probably some other names as well)-- probably completely useless in this day and age, but cool for showing off!

Thinking more out-of-the-box, the weapon available pre-18th century that I'd choose to master would be myself-- i.e. unarmed combat (e.g. kung fu and so on). It'd still be useful today against thieves, thugs, and other miscreants (assuming no one's actually carrying a modern firearm) in modern society where for the most part, people aren't walking around carrying weapons in the usual sense (yes, I know the latter is not true in some places).
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