Different weapons have different purposes. They are used for law enforcement, military and even defense tactics of citizens in many countries. There is a long list of awesome weapons in world history, from which we’ve selected the top 10.
1. Walther PPK
Walther PP pistols were among the most important developments of the inter-war period. Produced between 1929 and 1945 in significant numbers, these pistols, along with the basically similar but smaller PPK, were widely used as police and military guns in Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Many of the post-war intelligence agencies standardized on the PPK. In addition to MI5 and MI6, the PPK has been used by German BND, Frances’ SDECE, Israel’s Mossad and Switzerland’s Intelligence and Security Service. The Chinese intelligence service actually issued a PPK clone.
2. Sniper rifle
The main intention of this sniper is to demolish targets at extended ranges with aimed fire, and with as few ammunition as possible. The range for sniper fire may vary from 100 meters or even less in police/counter-terror scenarios, or up to 1 kilometer or more – in military or special operations scenarios.
You will wonder why boomerang is on this list. But, to confirm you, the criteria this list compilation concerns weapons which fall along the lines of historical significance, ease of use and effectiveness. Considered as “weapon of gods”, its purpose is to hit and injure the target sufficiently to enable it to be captured, or slow enough for the spear throwers to get into range.
The trebuchet was designed as a giant catapult or sling. Missiles thrown from the trebuchet catapults were deadly. The trebuchet is generally associated with throwing stones. The trebuchet also gave birth to biological warfare. Not only could it throw rocks great distances, but the trebuchet could also hurl chemicals over an enemy’s fortified walls.
For hundreds of years, the Pike had been a staple of the modern battlefield, varying considerably in size, from 3 to 6 m (10 to over 20 feet) long. On the battlefield, pikes were often used in “hedgehog” formations, particularly by troops such as rebel peasants and militias. In these, the troops simply stood and held their pikes out in the direction of the enemy, sometimes standing in great circles or squares with the men facing out in all directions so that the enemy was confronted by a forest of bristling pikeheads, and could not attack the formation from the sides or rear.
Contemporary accounts claim that at short range, an arrow fired from it could penetrate 4 inches of seasoned oak. The armored knight, considered at one time to be the leviathan of the battlefield, could now be felled at ranges up to 200 yards by a single arrow. One account recalls a knight being pinned to his horse by an arrow that passed through both armored thighs, with the horse and saddle between.
8. Tommy gun
The Thompson submachine gun, or “Tommy gun,” has become synonymous with American gangsters of the 1920s, though it was only in production for a few decades. Its colorful and violent history make it one of the most recognizable firearms in history. It would be unlikely for anyone to picture the roaring twenties without a Tommy gun blazing away from the window of a black sedan.
9. AK – 47
Designed to kill people and win wars, it is one of the most effective killing machines in human history. Born out of Mikhail Kalashnikov’s obsession to create a weapon capable of driving the invading Germans from his motherland, the Soviet weapons designer produced an assault rifle renowned as much for its simplicity as for its effectiveness.
10. Human body and brain
Think of the body as a set of weapons systems. Your primary weapon system is your brain; your secondary weapon system is your body. Every other weapon you can think of: knife, club, or firearm is ancillary, or useless without the first 2 systems in place. Without the brain, you can’t command the finger to pull the trigger, or thrust the knife, or swing the club. So it only makes sense that your mission in a life and death situation is to shut down your attacker’s brain or central nervous system (CNS).