The Greatest Weapon Of All Time?

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    Xracer
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    Let's start off the New Year stirring the pot a little.

    What was the greatest weapon of all time?

    No fair saying the human brain or hand.....has to be an actual weapon.

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    The Machinegun!
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    It cannot be narrowed down to a single weapon. The correct answer is all the guns that JMB invented and the guns that are still being made based upon his inventions.
    We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans... -- Bill Clinton, US President (USA Today, 11 Mar 1993, page 2a)

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    Warpig,
    I couldn't agree with you more!!!! JOHN MOSES BROWNING-----GENIUS!!!!!!


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    have to agree with machine gun, and as for JMB - right now cnn.com has a pic on the main page, looking out the crew chief / gunner's window on a helo (CH53?), over a 60-yr-old design (!) M2 .50 BMG

    Maybe a tie for first with strike aircraft - another weapon that produced sweeping changes in warfare.

    Edited by: rayra at: 2/4/02 10:13:24 pm

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    wasn't it Samson that took the jawbone of a donkey and beat the ass off 10,000 Fillipinos?

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    for practical reasons, I would say the Colt 1911

    And Fred, your reply reminds me of a JAW with a death-grip on someones @$$-Bone





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    Fred, I think you're going in the right direction.

    My vote is for a sharpened stick....the spear! It allowed man to defend himself, one-on-one, from dangerous animals, and allowed him to kill larger game to feed a growing population.

    It led to the spear with a stone tip, which led to bow and arrow (a short spear with feathers), the crossbow (a short metal spear), and the firearm (a metal spear tip propelled by gunpowder).

    On the other hand, Fred.....your choice merely led to politicians....a bunch of asses who jawbone a lot!

    Edited by: Xracer at: 1/2/02 10:02:22 am

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    Gatling Gun.....where all others came from, still in use today.

    GE, we bring good things to light...

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    The mass destruction weapons (atomic, hydrogen, neutron) that scared the world sh#tless when developed, deployed and used. Still doing a damned good job of it today, also!!!

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    I would say smallpox....early trappers in the american west decimated the Blackfeet using contaminated blankets. Wiped out the mandans by mistake. An early use of biological warfare... you thought terrorism was a modern practice. Just goes to show that there is nothing new under the sun. regards swede
    Wyoming Swede

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    Good one Swede (but I still say the spear).

    "The only thing new is the history you don't know." .....Harry S. Truman

    "History has never repeated itself....and always does." ......Voltaire

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    In my Navy experience, the M1 rifle was accurate and reliable. It could get a second aimed shot off quickly, if needed. The lack of full automatic fire reduced the temptation to miss with an entire magazine instead of hitting with the first shot.

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    Welcome Aboard jimejones!


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    Welcome Jimejones, well said about the M1!
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    Howdy, and welcome, Mr. Jones -

    Take exception to the M1 - after lugging the darn'd thing around for a couple of years, I can't find anything romantic about it! Hated the damned thing! When being assigned an M2 carbine, tho't I'd died and gone to Heaven!

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    Welcome jimejones. I love my M1 I have even been lugging it around deer hunting.
    We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans... -- Bill Clinton, US President (USA Today, 11 Mar 1993, page 2a)

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    The price of original M1's is skyrocketing at gun shows. It seems like ever since the movie Saving Private Ryan came out in '98 that the price of them has gone up big-time. I'm lucky that I inherited one.


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    Howdy, Deadeye -

    Welcome to the board and hope you stick around to join in the jawjacking!

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    Mauser 98k. Utterly reliable, accurate enough, simple to make and use, powerful... and still in limited service today in the third world.

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    Real simple. The greatest weapon invented was the bow.

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    Gunpowder!


    Also a womans ability to say, "no, not this millinium, I have a headache"


    Edited by: shooter22 at: 2/4/02 11:10:23 pm

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    upon further, less-literal thought - how about

    Propaganda

    or

    Democracy

    as the Greatest Weapon of All Time



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    What about religion. I wonder how many people have died because of religion throughout the ages.
    We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans... -- Bill Clinton, US President (USA Today, 11 Mar 1993, page 2a)

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    The Spear, the Composite Bow, and the Chariot...

    When these three things were finally developed and used concurrently, in the Tigris Valley long before the time of Christ, we had "modern" warfare for the first time, and gave us everything that we ever have used in warfare ever since...

    Mass, Range, and Mobility...(Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry)


    EVERY weapon ever invented for warfare was only for one of (or possible more than one combined of, but only for...) these reasons...
    We must make war as we must; not as we would like. - Field Marshal Kitchener, 1915

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    At a critical moment it was skill, a sling,
    a smooth round stone and God given courage.

    Still my favorite sniper.

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    It is something women have.
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