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.A weapon is a tool used to apply force for the purpose of causing harm or damage to persons, animals or structures.^ Technology (e.g., computers, internet, encryption) is used by the vast majority as a tool for lawful purposes (work, personal, entertainment, etc), but it can also be mis-used by criminals (phishers, hackers, viruses, et al) to commit crimes.
  • Schneier on Security: Arming New York City Police with Machine Guns 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

^ Description: Formerly used by gangsters and and teenage wannabes alike, this weapon is now an important survival tool for all traveling wastelanders.

^ Just prosecute those who break the law (e.g., murder, robbery) and allow everyone else the freedom to use the best tool for their lawful purpose.
  • Schneier on Security: Arming New York City Police with Machine Guns 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC www.schneier.com [Source type: General]

.Weapons are used in hunting, attack, self-defense, or defense in combat and range from simple, prehistoric weapons like clubs and spears to complicated modern weapons such as intercontinental ballistic missiles.^ What need do we have to hide our weapons in order to use them for self defense?
  • Ron Paul on Gun Control | Ron Paul .com 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC www.ronpaul.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Lots of guns like this are used for hunting.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The preceding sections of this Article demonstrate that, in general, the second amendment guarantees individuals a right to "keep" weapons in the home for self defense.
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

.In a wider sense, weapons may include anything used to gain an advantage over an enemy, or to put an enemy at a disadvantage.^ This was also present in the older arcade game, in which Frank could use anything from baseball bats to bags of sand to flower pots as weapons.
  • Improvised Weapon - Television Tropes & Idioms 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Bullseye can use anything as a weapon, usually by throwing it.
  • Improvised Weapon - Television Tropes & Idioms 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ That are called into situations where they may need to use the weapons in the performance of their duties.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

Examples include sieges, better tactics, and psychological weapons which reduce the morale of an enemy.

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History

Prehistoric weapons

An array of Neolithic artifacts, including bracelets, axe heads, chisels, and polishing tools.
.Very simple weapon use has been seen in some communities of chimpanzees.^ Using a similar combustible material as found in some robots, Flamer Fuel is plentiful in the wasteland and an extremely useful weapon in a wastelander's arsenal.

^ This conglomerate figure includes some few victims who resisted with a gun, many more who used knivee, clubs or some makeshift weapon, and many who resisted totally unarmed.
  • Gun Control: A Realistic Assessment 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC www.catb.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I did have to use some emery cloth on the grip, trigger and trigger guard, but having done that, it is very comfortable to hold.
  • Kel-tec PF-9 handgun review | Gibberish Is My Native Language 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC journal.drfaulken.com [Source type: General]

[1], leading to speculation that early .hominids may have first used weapons five million years ago.^ Can it be true that about two million instances occur each year in which a gun was used as a defensive measure against crime?
  • GUN CONTROL FACT-SHEET (2004) 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC gunowners.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ If I had been armed years ago, I may have been able to defend myself rather than being raped.
  • Answers for those who think that "gun control" is the best for America 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC hubpages.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Including doing so with improvised versions of weapons they have absolutely no idea how to actually use in the first place.
  • Improvised Weapon - Television Tropes & Idioms 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

[2] but these would probably have been wooden clubs, spears and unshaped stones—none of which would leave an unambiguous record.
The earliest unambiguous examples of weapons are:
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  • Eight wooden throwing spears, the Schöninger Speere, which have been dated to around 400,000 years old.^ The number of people killed by their own government in Europe averages about 400,000 for the last 70 years.
    • GUN CONTROL FACT-SHEET (2004) 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC gunowners.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    [3]
  • By 250,000 years ago wooden spears were made with fire-hardened points[citation needed]
  • The oldest atlatl dates back to 27,000 years ago[citation needed].
  • Throwing sticks are also some of the earliest types of weapons.

Ancient and classical weapons

A four-wheeled ballista drawn by armored cataphract horses, c. 400.
Ancient weapons were initially simply improvements of the late neolithic versions, but then significant improvement in materials and techniques created a series of revolutions in military technology:
.The use of metal, first starting with copper during the Copper Age from about 3,300 BC, followed shortly by bronze led to the Bronze Age sword and other similar weapons.^ The unamended Constitution and the Bill of Rights use the phrase "right of the people" two other times, in the First Amendment's Assembly-and-Petition Clause and in the Fourth Amendment's Search-and Seizure Clause.
  • Red State Patriot: Gun Control Archives 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC redstatepatriot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ On this DVD we cover everything you need to know about knives and other types of edged weapons (even things like box cutters -- the 'weapons' effectively used in the 9-11 terrorist attacks).
  • Self Defense Training - Self Defense Combat Defense Training 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC targetfocusweapons.com [Source type: General]

^ They also have a head start on the ins and outs of gun laws, because presumably they learned and followed them when they got their first gun.
  • Change of Subject: Gun-control backers: Where are you? 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC blogs.chicagotribune.com [Source type: General]

The first defensive structures such as fortifications also appeared in the Bronze Age.[4] Weapons designed to be used against fortifications followed soon after: the battering ram was in use by 2500 BC [4]
.Although the early Iron Age swords were not necessarily superior to their bronze predecessors, once iron-working developed - around 1200 BC in Sub-Saharan Africa[5], iron began to be used widely in weapons[6] because iron ore is much more common than the copper and tin required for bronze.^ Fact – Basic maintenance is simple and quick requiring little more than a wipe down and light lubrication.

^ You may think that comment about "proving too much" makes some type of sense, but it's no more than a "gotcha" saying.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In a country that is addicted to cheeseburgers and reality tv, uncontrolled narcotic use would do more than ruin the lives of poor people.
  • The benefits of gun control. - Democratic Underground 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC www.democraticunderground.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The domestication of the horse, and the widespread usage of the spoked wheel by ca. 2000 BC[7], led to the light, horse-drawn chariot. Chariots for use in battle were important in this era[citation needed]. The earliest spoke-wheeled chariots date to ca. .2000 BC and their usage peaked around 1300 BC, then declined, ceasing to have military importance by the 4th century BC[8].^ For the specialized 18th century usage of "militia" to encompass the entire military-age male population, see notes 39-55 infra and accompanying text .
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ See A. Bristow , supra note 239 ; I. Hoog & J. Weeks, Military Small Arms of the 20th Century (4th ed.
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

.Cavalry developed once horses were bred to support the weight of a man .^ THE 08/18 IS THE LIGHTER WEIGHT MODEL OF THE 08/18 DESIGNED FOR THE MORE MOBIL UNITS OF HORSE CAVALRY AND BICYCLE TROOPS OF THE GERMAN ARMY IN 1918.....
  • MACHINE GUNS FOR SALE - AUTOWEAPONS.COM 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC www.autoweapons.com [Source type: General]

Purpose-built warships such as the Triremes were in use by the 7th century BC[9], eventually being replaced by larger ships by the 4th century BC.

Tactics and organization

As technology progressed, so did the level of organization of armies and empires. This led to the first professional armies which allowed aggressive, militaristic empires to develop.
.While the early Greek armies focused on physical training, a key advance employed by the Roman army was the use of more complex tactics to gain additional advantage over their enemies.^ WhyamInotsurprised?: As the son of a career Army man, I was taught at an early age how to use weapons safely and to always respect them for what they were.
  • Pajamas Media » Comforting Myths about Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Even in early Brawlers , it was a very useful tactic.
  • Improvised Weapon - Television Tropes & Idioms 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ More and more video games, especially those with Ragdoll Physics , allow the use of environment items as a weapon.
  • Improvised Weapon - Television Tropes & Idioms 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

[10]

Weapons of the Middle Ages

Ancient Chinese cannon displayed in the Tower of London.
.In the Europe warfare in the middle ages was dominated by elite groups of knights supported by massed infantry (both in combat and ranged roles) and by sieges which involved varying siege weapons and tactics.^ Thegut_Richard ( mail ): Go to a gun range and try out various weapons.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy - Women's (or Men's) Concealed Carry Handgun Recommendations: 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.volokh.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Presumably guns work mechanically the same way for this age group as they do for others, thus something other that safety would appear to be involved.
  • BlueOregon: Gun Control: It's time for Oregon to Take the Lead 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC www.blueoregon.com [Source type: Original source]

^ JUST LIKE THE ONES USED IN COMBAT DURING WWII BY U.S.G.I.'s IN BOTH EUROPE AND THE PACIFIC ....
  • MACHINE GUNS FOR SALE - AUTOWEAPONS.COM 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC www.autoweapons.com [Source type: General]

.Knights on horseback developed tactics for charging with lances and drawing more practical weapons (such as swords) once they are delivered the impact of their charge, whereas infantry, in the age before military organisation, relied on cheap, sturdy weapons such as spears and billhooks in close combat and bows at range.^ [A]t close range they are as deadly as a cannon."
  • Gun Control: A Realistic Assessment 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC www.catb.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It is feared villagers in Rift Valley province are moving from traditional weapons such as spears to machine guns.
  • Machine Gun - Daily Bulletin from Gun Policy News 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC www.gunpolicy.org [Source type: News]

^ And if the range is legislated to the point where it is no longer practical for it to operate, land around the range will increase in value greatly for more housing!
  • BlueOregon: Gun Control: It's time for Oregon to Take the Lead 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC www.blueoregon.com [Source type: Original source]

.As time passed and armies grew more professional, equipment was more standardised and infantry switched to carrying pikes with smaller weapons as side-arms.^ In 1984 an attack on a Jerusalem cafe by three terrorists armed with automatic weapons was terminated when handgun-carrying Israeli civilians shot them down.
  • Gun Control: A Realistic Assessment 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC www.catb.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ On the plus side, it is so thin and light that it has replaced my Taurus PT-145 Pro as my primary carry weapon.
  • Kel-tec PF-9 handgun review | Gibberish Is My Native Language 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC journal.drfaulken.com [Source type: General]

^ Many civilians who carry concealed weapons are far more proficient.
  • Pajamas Media » Gun Control at Pizza Hut 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

The introduction of gunpowder at the end of this period revolutionised warfare, as formations of musketeers, protected by pikemen came to dominate open battles, and the cannon replaced the trebuchet as the premier siege weapon.

Early modern period weapons

.The Renaissance marked the beginning of the implementation of firearms in warfare, with the introduction of guns and rockets to the battlefield.^ The Gun Control Act marked three major expansions of federal control over transactions in ordinary firearms.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ FIREARM IS IN THE CORRECT SERIAL NUMBER RANGE FOR A M16A2 PROPERTY MARKED GUN...
  • MACHINE GUNS FOR SALE - AUTOWEAPONS.COM 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC www.autoweapons.com [Source type: General]

^ HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON M16A1, U.S.PROPERTY MARKED 5.5.6mm MACHINE GUN. THIS IS A FACTORY NEW, TEST FIRED FIREARM.....
  • MACHINE GUNS FOR SALE - AUTOWEAPONS.COM 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC www.autoweapons.com [Source type: General]

.Firearms are qualitatively different from earlier weapons because they store energy in a combustible propellant such as gunpowder, rather than in a weight or spring.^ The construction of such weapons was so common in the Danao city area that the government just decided to legalize the clandestine gun-makers rather than go through the headache of trying to clear out all of them.
  • Improvised Weapon - Television Tropes & Idioms 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ And 2 plays because they’re more talented than the Bucs, not really because they’re outplaying them.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Philadelphia Eagles GameThread, Oct 11, 2009 1:00 PM EDT - Bleeding Green Nation 7 January 2010 14:27 UTC www.bleedinggreennation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I understand that firearms make a lot of people very uncomfortable, because they are dangerous.
  • Pajamas Media » Gun Control at Pizza Hut 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

.This energy is released quite rapidly, and can be restored without much effort by the user, so that even early firearms such as the arquebus were much more powerful than human-powered weapons.^ I’m more of a 4th of July user myself; rather than projectile, I’m more interested in the report and visual effect.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ If they have to use essentially the same methods, they are equally as harmful, even if one is perhaps more disgusting form a moral perspective than the other.
  • The benefits of gun control. - Democratic Underground 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC www.democraticunderground.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This is not good, there has got to be a better way than this.” What that way is is never elaborated; it’s the old “questioning” without the effort at an answer.
  • Pajamas Media » Gun Control at Pizza Hut 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

.They became increasingly important and effective during the 16th century to 19th century, with progressive improvements in ignition mechanisms followed by revolutionary changes in ammunition handling and propellant.^ It is important that the body course remain undisturbed during dressing, and that the instruc-tions given be carefully followed to avoid sore withers or tails and body or belly bunches.
  • Handbook of the Maxim Automatic Machine Gun Model of 1904 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC www.allworldwars.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The wheeled mount consists of the following principal parts: Axle, , trail, trail shoe, seat, wheels, pintle, brackets, ammunition carriers, shield, apron, top carriage, traversing arm, traversing mechanism, elevating mechanism, drag rope, and trail handle.
  • Handbook of the Maxim Automatic Machine Gun Model of 1904 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC www.allworldwars.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.During the U.S. Civil War various technologies including the machine gun and ironclad warship emerged that would be recognizable and useful military weapons today, particularly in lower-technology conflicts.^ Banning Machine Gun Parts or parts which can be used in a Machine gun.
  • Red State Patriot: Gun Control Archives 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC redstatepatriot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Banning machine gun parts or parts which can be used in a machine gun.
  • Red State Patriot: Gun Control Archives 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC redstatepatriot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It is feared villagers in Rift Valley province are moving from traditional weapons such as spears to machine guns.
  • Machine Gun - Daily Bulletin from Gun Policy News 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC www.gunpolicy.org [Source type: News]

In the 19th century warship propulsion changed from sail power to fossil fuel-powered steam engines.
The bayonet is used as both knife and polearm.
.The age of edged weapons ended abruptly just before World War I with rifled artillery, such as howitzers which were able to destroy any masonry fortress, as well as destroy other fortifications.^ The superb ability of such "old-fashioned" edged weapons to inflict carnage on innocents was graphically demonstrated by the stabbing deaths of just this weekend in Japan.
  • Answers for those who think that "gun control" is the best for America 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC hubpages.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Please explain why a "Christian" should not have weapons, and further explain just how you got the power to determine how many weapons a Christian ~should~ have before it becomes "disturbing."
  • Answers for those who think that "gun control" is the best for America 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC hubpages.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Included are all types of club, baton, stick and other blunt edged objects used as weapons.
  • Self Defense Training - Self Defense Combat Defense Training 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC targetfocusweapons.com [Source type: General]

This single invention caused a revolution in military affairs and doctrines that continues to this day. See Technology during World War I for a detailed discussion.
An important feature of industrial age warfare was technological escalation - an innovation could, and would, be rapidly matched by copying it, and often with yet another innovation to counter it. The technological escalation during World War I was profound, producing armed aircraft and tanks.
.This continued in the period between the end of that war and the next, with continuous improvements of all weapons by all major powers.^ If weapons are taken away from us, ALL the criminals would be Jessie James, and we would be totally in their power.
  • Answers for those who think that "gun control" is the best for America 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC hubpages.com [Source type: Original source]

^ One of the national advantages of civilian ownership of military style weapons is the "cross pollination" of improvements between the two groups.
  • Change of Subject: Gun-control backers: Where are you? 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC blogs.chicagotribune.com [Source type: General]

^ World War I, The War To End All Wars .

.Many modern military weapons, particularly ground-based ones, are relatively minor improvements on those of World War II.^ While many of these classical techniques can be adapted for use against modern weapons, the midst of a street fight is no place to begin to develop that adaptation.

^ Twentieth-century countries have rarely if ever adopted as standard handguns for military and/or police purposes those of less than .32 caliber; the weapons they standardize tend to be relatively large and heavy and very well made.
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In the mean time I too will be breaking out the tool box and will modify one of the many holsters I have collecting dust, some for weapons I have long ago replaced.
  • Kel-tec PF-9 handgun review | Gibberish Is My Native Language 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC journal.drfaulken.com [Source type: General]

See military technology during World War II for a detailed discussion.

Modern weapons

The Maxim gun and its successor the Vickers (shown here) remained in British military service for 79 consecutive years.
.Since the mid-18th century North American French-Indian war through the beginning of the 20th century, human-powered weapons were reduced from the primary weaponry of the battlefield yielding to gunpowder-based weaponry.^ (The founders were followers of the philosophy of the 18th century liberals philosophers, like John Locke, and believed that humans had inalienable rights, not that humans were only to be "given" rights by a sovereign.
  • Red State Patriot: Gun Control Archives 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC redstatepatriot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ These cases were printed in English law reports that were available both in the personal collections of American lawyers and in American law libraries by the mid-18th century.
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As Smith points out, Catholicism was illegal and Catholics were banned from public office in England through the mid-19th century.
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

.Sometimes referred to as the "Age of Rifles"[11], this period was characterized by the development of firearms for infantry and cannons for support, as well as the beginnings of mechanized weapons such as the machine gun, the tank and above all the wide introduction of aircraft into warfare, including naval warfare with the introduction of the aircraft carriers.^ In Scion , a character with sufficient Epic Strength can use anything ranging from a motorcycle to a nuclear aircraft carrier as such.
  • Improvised Weapon - Television Tropes & Idioms 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ The construction of such weapons was so common in the Danao city area that the government just decided to legalize the clandestine gun-makers rather than go through the headache of trying to clear out all of them.
  • Improvised Weapon - Television Tropes & Idioms 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ The U.S. Marine Corps has selected the infantry automatic rifle made by Heckler & Koch as the weapon that will likely replace many M249 Squad Automatic Weapons in the rifle squad, and could begin fielding the IAR by next summer, a senior service official said.
  • Machine Gun - Daily Bulletin from Gun Policy News 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC www.gunpolicy.org [Source type: News]

.World War I marked the entry of fully industrialized warfare as well as weapons of mass destruction (e.g.^ Having seen the damage this kind of weapon does while serving this Country in war, I am well aware of the damage these weapons will cause in the hands of people who should or should not possess them.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The only persons allowed to own or possess a weapon of mass death and destruction, as defined .
  • NC Firearms Law 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.grnc.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The terms nuclear, biological, or chemical weapon of mass destruction also include any .
  • NC Firearms Law 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.grnc.org [Source type: Original source]

chemical and biological), and weapons were developed quickly to meet wartime needs. .Above all it promised to the military commanders the independence from the horse and the resurgence in maneuver warfare through extensive use of motor vehicles.^ That was just for M/C’s, I didn’t check the stats for all classes of motor vehicle killings.
  • Pajamas Media » Comforting Myths about Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ All machineguns now in use by the military are manufactured by private contractors.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Although such sophisticated devices of modern warfare do have military utility, they are not also useful for law enforcement or for self-protection, nor are they commonly possessed by law-abiding individuals.
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

.The changes that these military technologies underwent before and during the Second World War were evolutionary, but defined the development for the rest of the century.^ Since, the second amendment was written during the 1790s, the language has changed somewhat.
  • Change of Subject: Gun-control backers: Where are you? 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC blogs.chicagotribune.com [Source type: Original source]

^ These type bullets have developed a reputation as being substantially more accurate than the military's full metal jacket bullets.
  • Change of Subject: Gun-control backers: Where are you? 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC blogs.chicagotribune.com [Source type: General]

^ As a result, the military has started procuring these bullets for use by snipers in war.
  • Change of Subject: Gun-control backers: Where are you? 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC blogs.chicagotribune.com [Source type: General]

.World War II however, perhaps marked the most frantic period of weapons development in the history of humanity.^ For years, the AK-47 assault rifle has been the world's most popular weapon, the gun of choice for dictators, gang members and Third World revolutionaries.
  • Machine Gun - Daily Bulletin from Gun Policy News 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC www.gunpolicy.org [Source type: News]

^ Another World War II improvised antitank weapon was the "sticky bomb", a sock filled with TNT, rigged with a simple fuse, and dipped in Kerosene to make it sticky.
  • Improvised Weapon - Television Tropes & Idioms 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ GUN HAS ALL THE FACTORY MARKINGS ON IT AND DOES NOT HAVE THE "GRINDING" OF THE U.S. OUT OF THE SIDE, DONE AFTER THE WAR AND SEEN ON MOST 1928A1 THOMPSONS....
  • MACHINE GUNS FOR SALE - AUTOWEAPONS.COM 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC www.autoweapons.com [Source type: General]

.Massive numbers of new designs and concepts were fielded, and all existing technologies were improved between 1939 and 1945. The most powerful weapon invented during this period was the atomic bomb.^ That being said, most Gun collectors are not looking for high powered Automatic or Semi Automatic weapons.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This weapon requires little training—and during a stressful situation this may be the most important factor to consider.
  • Pajamas Media » Comforting Myths about Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Most officers shoot their weapons only during yearly qualification and that qualification involves shooting paper targets that do not move and do not shoot back.
  • Pajamas Media » Gun Control at Pizza Hut 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

Weapons development since the Second World War

.After World War II, with the onset of the Cold War, the constant technological development of new weapons was institutionalized, as participants engaged in a constant race to develop weapons and counter-weapons.^ A technological marvel created by the Drakel, this weapon was found left behind in one of their war camps.
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

^ World War II, but no later than January 1, 1946.
  • NC Firearms Law 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.grnc.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The Comptroller General has estimated that 8.8 million "war trophies" returned from World War II alone.
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

.This constant state of weapons development continues into the modern era, and remains a constant draw on the resources of most nations.^ While many of these classical techniques can be adapted for use against modern weapons, the midst of a street fight is no place to begin to develop that adaptation.

^ Its main impact here is to expand the scope and restrictions of the National Firearms Act, while curtailing the application of certain state weapons laws.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The reason that Krav Maga is an excellent choice for me is because it is a modern fighting system which incorporates modern weapons and firearms into its scope of training.

.Notable development in weaponry since World War II has been the combination and further development of weapons like nuclear weapons and the ballistic missile, leading to the configuration: the ICBM.^ And the world would be better off without bombs, missiles, bio and chemical weapons, nuclear weapons, etc., etc., and even clubs and knives.
  • Answers for those who think that "gun control" is the best for America 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC hubpages.com [Source type: Original source]

^ World War II, but no later than January 1, 1946.
  • NC Firearms Law 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.grnc.org [Source type: Original source]

^ For instance what kind of logic leads a city counsel to ban nuclear weapons from city limits and imposes a $500 fine for detonating one within city limits?
  • Answers for those who think that "gun control" is the best for America 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC hubpages.com [Source type: Original source]

.The Cold War race for bigger and more effective weapons lead to the development of the H-bomb (or hydrogen bomb) and multiple warhead missiles.^ And the world would be better off without bombs, missiles, bio and chemical weapons, nuclear weapons, etc., etc., and even clubs and knives.
  • Answers for those who think that "gun control" is the best for America 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC hubpages.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Most people who support more effective gun control arent't against legitimate hunting and target weapons.
  • Answers for those who think that "gun control" is the best for America 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC hubpages.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The sticky bomb wasn't a very effective "improvised" anti-tank weapon.
  • Improvised Weapon - Television Tropes & Idioms 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.The mutual possession of these by the United States and the Soviet Union ensured that either nation could inflict terrible damage on the other; so terrible, in fact, that neither nation was willing to instigate direct, all-out war with the other (a phenomenon known as Mutually Assured Destruction).^ United States, of a felony (other .
  • NC Firearms Law 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.grnc.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The other test originated in United States v.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I maintain that, despite the unpopular wars we are in, fewer risks exist here in the United States than prior to our involvement there.
  • Machine Gun Fail - FAIL Blog: Epic Fail Pictures and Videos of Owned, Pwnd and Fail Moments 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC failblog.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The indiscriminate nature of the destruction has made nuclear-tipped missiles essentially useless for the smaller wars fought since. .However computer-guided weaponry of all kinds, from precision-guided munitions (or "smart bombs") to computer-aimed tank rounds, has greatly increased weaponry's accuracy.^ We can aim and fire five rounds in two seconds with either the Judge or the LCR. Accuracy: The LCR feels as good as my S&W 640, but with less recoil.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy - Women's (or Men's) Concealed Carry Handgun Recommendations: 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.volokh.com [Source type: Original source]

Being able to prepare, maneuver and attack before the enemy can detect the threat and respond can be a decisive advantage. The element of surprise has long been recognized as a tactical advantage. .Modern technology can increase this, such as when one side has sophisticated night vision technology allowing maneuvering and combat at night when the enemy, not so equipped, is limited.^ There are more than two sides to this issue: Side one (Republican): I should be able to own and carry what I want without limitation Side two (Democrat): No guns ever .
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ For one thing, the lighting during defensive combat is more often than not very dim, and night vision is totally ruined by the first shot, especially if magnum or +P rounds are fired.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy - Women's (or Men's) Concealed Carry Handgun Recommendations: 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.volokh.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This Gathoran weapon is one of the sturdiest close combat items available--Plus, it is known to blast beams of light at enemies!
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

.High tech surveillance and intelligence gathering methods such as unmanned aerial vehicles can prevent surprise or identify targets.^ Now that we don't have to hear justifications for that, I like to see some posts from some of them which actually show some thought and intelligence on how we prevent, or minimize, massacres such as happened at Columbine, at Virginia Tech, etc.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

Coordination of forces is necessary in order to utilize separated forces effectively, modern communications, if unjammed and unintercepted are substantial advantages. .Even once targets or strategic objectives are identified, it is necessary to prepare detailed plans for individual forces to follow, a time consuming process that modern armies are trying to computerize to achieve an advantage of speed over the enemy.^ Krav Maga also incorporates aggression drills to bring passive people out of their shell and prepare them to react to an attack with the speed and force necessary to defeat their attacker.

^ And you, John, should be forced to serve two years in the Army or Marine Corps, and go to an insane country where the rights of the individual have never been sacred.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There are times when you may need to defend yourself but the use or even presentation of a firearm may be considered excessive force.

[citation needed]
.Since interfering with enemy infrastructure, intelligence and communications yields an advantage, and a weapon is defined as something that grants such an advantage, new targets and weapons such as cyberwarfare are becoming possible.^ It bears emphasis that the danger of such substitution does not at all preclude the possibility of intelligently tailored gun controls.
  • Gun Control: A Realistic Assessment 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC www.catb.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Criminals increasingly are choosing high-powered firearms such as assault weapons, a new survey of 166 U.S. police agencies shows.
  • Machine Gun - Daily Bulletin from Gun Policy News 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC www.gunpolicy.org [Source type: News]

^ THE WEAPON COMES FROM A N.E. COLLECTOR WHO PURCHASED IT NEW AND KEPT IT UNFIRED SINCE THE DAY OF PURCHASE AS IT STILL REMAINS......THIS GUN IS NEW INSIDE AND OUT....
  • MACHINE GUNS FOR SALE - AUTOWEAPONS.COM 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC www.autoweapons.com [Source type: General]

Nuclear arms race and subsequent arms development strategies

.Since the development of Mutually Assured Destruction (or MAD), the option for all-out war is no longer considered to be an acceptable scenario by most.^ Consider penetration: even the .44 magnum, the most powerful of all handguns, penetrates no more than thirteen inches in wood, while revolvers in the far more commonly owned .32 to .38 calibers range from two to seven inches in penetration.
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The exceptions to the first amendment are clearly lined out by the courts, and the first amendment still protects speech that most would consider very offensive.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The choice of the conjunctive is, again, no casual matter: the Treasury-NRA negotiations considered the disjunctive as an option, [251] and the hostile House report emphasizes the conjunctive as an "unreasonable" burden.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

.For some years after World War II, both the United States and the former Soviet Union were engaged in a nuclear arms race, continually attempting to out-develop one another in the field of nuclear armaments.^ United States Armed Forces, when in the discharge of .
  • NC Firearms Law 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.grnc.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The following year saw United States v.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I maintain that, despite the unpopular wars we are in, fewer risks exist here in the United States than prior to our involvement there.
  • Machine Gun Fail - FAIL Blog: Epic Fail Pictures and Videos of Owned, Pwnd and Fail Moments 22 January 2010 17:37 UTC failblog.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.At a certain point, it became apparent that any further major thrusts for additional technological development of nuclear armaments was essentially pointless, as both countries already possessed the capability of reducing the entire planet earth essentially to an uninhabitable cinder, several times over (see Mutually Assured Destruction).^ Further evidence of the link between republican government and the possession of arms was given the Founders by their view of the mother country's history.
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Feasible control programs might be capable of reducing the overall amount of violent crime by a few percentage points, and, if so, these programs may be worthwhile.
  • Gun Control: A Realistic Assessment 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC www.catb.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Rawle was both influential and well-known enough to have been offered the attorney generalship several times by Washington.
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

.With this gradual realization, armaments development funding has shifted back to primarily sponsoring the development of conventional arms technologies rather than nuclear ones.^ I’d rather be in a room with 10 people who are all armed, than in a room with 10 people and only one is armed.
  • Pajamas Media » Comforting Myths about Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Ans: Back in the dark ages "common sense" dictated that an iron sphere would fall faster than an equal sized wooden one.
  • Change of Subject: Gun-control backers: Where are you? 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC blogs.chicagotribune.com [Source type: General]

^ It seems that you are sorry that the pizza guy fought back rather than politely submitting to murder.
  • Pajamas Media » Gun Control at Pizza Hut 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

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Classification of weapons

Types of weapons by user

- what person or unit uses the weapon

Types of weapons by function

- the construction of the weapon and principle of operation
.
  • Antimatter weapons (theoretical) would combine matter and antimatter to cause a powerful explosion.
  • Archery weapons operate by using a tensioned string to launch a projectile.
  • Artillery are capable of launching heavy projectiles over long distances.
  • Biological weapons spread biological agents, causing disease or infection.
  • Chemical weapons, poisoning and causing reactions.
  • Energy weapons rely on concentrating forms of energy to attack, such as lasers or sonic attack.
  • Explosive weapons use a physical explosion to create blast concussion or spread shrapnel.
  • Firearms use a chemical charge to launch projectiles.
  • Improvised weapons are common objects, reused as weapons.
  • Incendiary weapons cause damage by fire.
  • Non-lethal weapons are designed to subdue without killing.
  • Magnetic weapons use magnetic fields to propel projectiles, or to focus particle beams.
  • Mêlée weapons operate as physical extensions of the user's body and directly impact their target.
  • Missiles are rockets which are guided to their target after launch.^ This weapon has a very powerful special attack.
    • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

    ^ A unique magic weapon with a powerful fire and light special attack.
    • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

    ^ A powerful weapon used by the people of the southwestern lands in their great battle to free themselves from the tyrannical rule of the Kalerhot Kingdom.
    • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

    (Also a general term for projectile weapons).
  • Nuclear weapons use radioactive materials to create nuclear fission and/or nuclear fusion detonations.
  • Primitive weapons make little or no use of technological or industrial elements.
  • Ranged weapons (unlike Mêlée weapons), target a distant object or person.
  • Rockets use chemical propellant to accelerate a projectile
  • Suicide weapons exploit the willingness of their operator to not survive the attack.
  • Trojan weapons appear on face value to be gifts, though the intent is to in some way to harm the recipient.

Types of weapons by target

- the type of target the weapon is designed to attack

See also

Citations and notes

  1. ^ Jill D. Pruetz1 and Paco Bertolani, Savanna Chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes verus, Hunt with Tools", Current Biology, March 6, 2007
  2. ^ Rick Weiss, "Chimps Observed Making Their Own Weapons", The Washington Post, February 22, 2007
  3. ^ Lower Palaeolithic hunting spears from Germany. Hartmut Thieme. Letters to Nature. Nature 385, 807 - 810 (27 February 1997); doi:10.1038/385807a0 [1]
  4. ^ a b Gabriel, Richard A.; Metz, Karen S.. "A Short History of War". http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/gabrmetz/gabr0001.htm. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  5. ^ Duncan E. Miller and N.J. Van Der Merwe, 'Early Metal Working in Sub Saharan Africa' Journal of African History 35 (1994) 1-36; Minze Stuiver and N.J. Van Der Merwe, 'Radiocarbon Chronology of the Iron Age in Sub-Saharan Africa' Current Anthropology 1968.
  6. ^ Gabriel, Richard A.; Metz, Karen S.. "A Short History of War - Iron Age Revolution". http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/gabrmetz/gabr0001.htm. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  7. ^ http://www.bookrags.com/research/wheel-and-axle-woi/
  8. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/ss/stories/s70986.htm
  9. ^ http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/war/Trireme.htm
  10. ^ Gabriel, Richard A.; Metz, Karen S.. "A Short History of War - Training". http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/gabrmetz/gabr0010.htm. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  11. ^ p.263, Hind
  12. ^ "Funding for new nuclear weapons programs eliminated". 2004. http://www.ploughshares.ca/libraries/monitor/mond04f.htm. Retrieved 2010-03-14.  Report on congressional refusal to fund additional nuclear weapons research.

References

  • U.S.Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, Improving the prospects for future international peace operations: workshop proceedings, OTA-BP-ISS-167, Washington DC, US Government Printing Office, September 1995
  • Hind, Edward, My Magazine: Being a Series of Poems, Tales, Sketches, Essays, Orations, Etc.,: The Present Age - An oration J. and H. Clarke, London, 1860

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