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If you could master any pre-19th century weapon, what would it be?
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Posted 12/2/12

Jdaimond wrote:

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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Posted 12/2/12

CarboKill wrote:


Jdaimond wrote:

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.



With great power, comes great responsibility.


Just dont ask me to sparr cause that could get pretty weird.

Posted 12/2/12
Give me a Mongolian recurve bow, please.
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Posted 12/2/12
I'd go for a standard knife. Most long range and heavy close combat weapons are impractical in the modern urban environment due to the introduction of firearms and restrictive laws(UK). The short range knife, however still retains most of its combat value, especially in a plausible home intruder situation, it isn't impeded by close corridors, can double as throwing weapon and in the hand of a master, can sever major arteries bringing a swift end to the intruder. One could argue that it may be too unethically deadly for a defensive weapon, I agree, I would rather have a tranq gun, but that's not part of this discussion so I'll stick with the knife.
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Posted 12/2/12
^ I did not know that.
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Posted 12/2/12
Nodachi or Katana. Come on that's an easy one. Maybe a hand crossbow too
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Posted 12/2/12

sushipath wrote:

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).


Indeed, the guns around this time were very inaccurate. They were said to best be used from within a fortress or at the very start of a battle. The trajectory of the ball wasn't able to be followed like the arrow, and the pain of reloading was present. But they could be advantageous in certain situations.
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Posted 12/4/12
My wit.
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Posted 12/5/12
This is sooooooooooo easy. Fire. I would like to master Fire. Everything burns.
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Posted 12/7/12
Damn! You found the counter to my Grass Sword!
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23 / M / Guess
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Posted 12/7/12
I want to master the prehistorical alien technology of our extraterrestrial conquerors.

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Posted 12/7/12
Religion. Then you would have to face my army of fanatical holy warriors.
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26 / M / Canada
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Posted 12/9/12
At this particular moment I would have to say Rapier and Dagger. Either that or a Scottish Broadsword. I love all edged weapons so it is difficult to pick just one. If I had my choice I would carry an arsenal of different blades and use whatever I fancied at the time!
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