Posts Tagged ‘Pistol’

Side Arm Bayonets?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

So looky here at what I found…

LaserLyte Pistol Bayonet System

LaserLyte Pistol Bayonet System

Yeah… A pistol bayonet. A little itty bitty bayonet. For the pistol with an inferiority complex. Pistol looks like its a Taurus. And here I thought bulls were supposed to have two horns. Maybe it’s moonlighting as a unicorn. (Hehehe… You see what I did there? Taurus=Bull bayonet=horn… Man… I slay me… heh… <crickets chirping> Pffft… Ok, whatever…)

Ok so it’s a mini bayonet kit for a handgun. It should supposedly work with any handgun with a bottom rail designed to carry a laser or a flashlight.Now it seems like a good idea, except I can’t really think of any other reason to have a small knife actually on your side arm. It seems to me it would make more sense to just bring a good regular sized knife along and break that out when needed. Or am I missing something?

For zombies perhaps? Naw. Too small. Wouldn’t be the best defense against zombies. So zombie survival kit attachment is out. Maybe it’s for weapons that are trying to work on self identity issues. Side arms that think they are rifles maybe? Eh, what do I know. I’m just shooting in the dark here.

Probably because there is supposed to be a tactical flashlight attached in the very spot where a little skinning knife now sits. LOL… Eh… sigh…

Ok I’ll stop now. Talk amongst yourselves…

LaserLyte Pistol Bayonet System with Mini Ka-Bar Knife – [True Swords]

A Gunlike Crossbow…

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Here is an interesting crossbow design:

Gun Crossbow

Gun Crossbow
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Now as crossbows go, this is quite the looker. Melding design cues from the medieval hand held firearm with that of the venerable crossbow we get: The medieval gun crossbow. Sporting what looks like a medieval flint lock hand gun grip attached to a small cross bow. It’s just all kinds of style right there. The medieval warriors answer to the modern hand gun. 🙂

Anyway, one of the things I really like about this weapon is it’s simplicity. You can practically count the number of moving parts on this weapon with one hand. And yet it’s simplicity does not diminish it’s effectiveness one whit. Even though, compared to a full size cross bow, this would have been very weak. But don’t let the simplicity fool you. It could have been quite lethal at close range.

Yet another interesting thing about this weapon is that it is sporting a rather neat little feature that I don’t often see in medieval crossbows. Fore and aft adjustable sights!! If you look closely at the pic you’ll notice two posts with aiming apertures pinned to the right side of the crossbow. To be honest, I’m not positive about their adjustability, but the fact that they are pinned to the side, as opposed to being fixed to the latch plate, may suggest they were adjustable. Yep, this little beaut’s got all kinds of bells and whistles… Ok, so maybe one or two. But back then that was a lot.

And it would have been easy to conceal. At least compared to a full sized crossbow. There was even a little ring in the butt stock so you could hang it from your belt. Talk about shooting from the hip! And the beauty of it was, back then, no concealed carry license would have been required. Ah, the good old days… Gun control was all about “Robin Hood”ing your crossbow bolts… 😉

Gun Crossbow – [Realm Collections]

The potbellied little crossbow…

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

As promised, today I have a post about a weapon other than a blade. In fact it is a post about a funny little crossbow pistol I ran into earlier this week:

Belgian Crossbow Pistol

Belgian Crossbow Pistol
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Now I found this to be an interesting design, though the design is not without a purpose. Crossbow pistols designed to fire heavy metal bolts would often be made such that there would be as little contact between the bolt, the string and any part of the crossbow as possible, presumably to reduce frictional losses that would otherwise be incurred by trying to make it run on a rail, like other crossbows.

Because the draw length is so short, power has to come from a very strong bow prod, in this case a short, springy steel bow. A steel crossbow prod can generate a lot of power over a short distance, however at those speeds, if the bolt/string had to run across a rail every time it was launched, both the rail and the string would wear out very quickly.

For these reasons, short, powerful crossbows like these were sometimes built with no rail, and a large gap to ensure that the vibration of the spring didn’t cause it to hit any part of the crossbow. But while this little crossbow is probably fairly lethal, I have to admit that I still think that deep belly between the string latch/catch and the bow prod is a little excessive.

Perhaps I’m just being nit picky, but If I were designing such a weapon, it would have just enough gap to clear the bow string, but nothing more than that. This design, as it stands, just reminds me of a little, hand held, potbellied pig that fires lethal steel bolts…

Belgian Crossbow Pistol – [Medieval Weapon Art]

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