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    Posted: 31-Aug-2011 at 19:58

This 18th century Persian trophy of arms include an interesting double-bladed spear, a bull-shaped mace and two unusual looking muskets

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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Sep-2011 at 19:07

A Persian Zulfiqar sword, named after the weapon of Ali. Its curved blade and serrated edges were intended to inflict very deep wounds

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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Sep-2011 at 10:52

A kelewang or parang from Malaya with buffalo horn hilt. Its blade is made of pamored steel, pattern-welded from the cores of meteorites
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-Sep-2011 at 19:58

The ankusa was used to control war elephants: the largest weapons of the Mughal army. Each elephant was protected by armor plate. On its back was a howdah containing musketeers, archers and grenadiers

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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Sep-2011 at 10:03

The largest and most powerful Asian weapon, the war elephant was used from the time of Alexander until the 19th century. Hannibal used them to cross the Alps and the king of Thailand offered to send a division to help the North during the American Civil War
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Sep-2011 at 21:53

Indian muskets had an enclosed lock to keep the match dry in wet weather. They often had intricate engraved metalwork and painted stocks
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Sep-2011 at 20:11

The gun at the top is an excellent example of a painted Indian musket. Sadly the internet (especially google) is really lousy regarding good quality images of antique guns. I might have to scan a few more pictures from Mr Ricketts' book as his 40-year-old photographs put modern weapons forums to shame
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Sep-2011 at 20:01

These vicious metal claws, the Bagh Nakh, were used by fakirs who imitated the attacks of a tiger. Identical weapons were used in Africa by the Leopard Men: a cannibalistic cult seeking to overthrow British rule
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Sep-2011 at 20:57

A Nepalese sacrificial sword called a Ram Dao. Its blade delivered a single powerful killing-blow but was so heavy it had to be wielded dual-handed
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-Sep-2011 at 19:39

The Tibetans once had a reputation as fierce warriors. This large-caliber musket was among the first to have a bipod, enabling its user to make the best use of his native mountainous-terrain
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Oct-2011 at 21:59

A more recent Asian weapon: the Bangalore Torpedo of WW1 invented by Indian engineers. This was basically a metal tube stuffed with explosives used to clear barbed wire
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  Quote balochii Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Oct-2011 at 23:28
wow i never realised our ancestors in the south asian region made so many amazing weapons. Greats pics!! where are you getting them from?
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-Oct-2011 at 20:25
Various sources. I have several books on antique weapons, a friend who collects them, and my own modest collection
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-Oct-2011 at 20:13

An interesting chart depicting the swords of India. Note the similarity of weapons like the Kukhri, Pattan and Ram Dao to the ancient Greek Kopis, doubtlessly introduced by Alexander's invading armies
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-Oct-2011 at 19:26

The Chinese Dao may also have evolved from the original Greek designs. It's not implausible to suggest swords of this type were introduced by the first Buddhist missionaries, complementing the jian swords then in use
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Nov-2011 at 19:10

An engraved Colt Dragoon belonging to the Turkish Sultan. In another thread Ollios posted a picture of a Smith and Wesson with gold-plating and retractable blade
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Nov-2011 at 22:01

Indian's supergun, the Jaivana cannon. Due to its weight it was pulled by a team of oxen
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-Nov-2011 at 20:02

Many Indian cannons were cast to resemble demons, dragons or monsters. This one, made in the form of a tiger, belonged to Tippu Sultan
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05-Nov-2011 at 20:25

This is a strange one. It was designed to fire a volley of musket balls at enemy troops
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06-Nov-2011 at 20:34

An interesting assortment of antique guns for sale at an Afghan market. I pity the fool crazy enough to use them on the firing range
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