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POLL: Most Revolutionary Pre-Gunpowder Weapon (Round 1)


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Dave Crowell writes:

Picking up an object and using it instead of just hands, feet and teeth was the single biggest revolution in warfare ever.

Every melee weapon is an evolution of picking something up and bashing the other guy with it. Every missile weapon is an evolution of picking something up and throwing it at the other guy.

The only revolution comperable is the use of concussive force from explosives to cause damage. Not shrapnel, which is using explosives to throw things, but using the concussive force of the explosion itself.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
atlatl
34
5%
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boot
15
2%
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catapult
31
4%
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composite bow
72
10%
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crossbow
71
9%
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galley
13
2%
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gladius
25
3%
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Greek Fire
38
5%
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horse
79
11%
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knife
8
1%
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longbow
98
13%
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longsword
11
1%
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pike
50
7%
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repeating crossbow
12
2%
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rock
18
2%
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sarissa
11
1%
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sling
32
4%
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stick
15
2%
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stirrup
106
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other (explain)
4
1%
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no opinion
5
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP asks:

That is, a weapon whose introduction dramatically changed tactical practice & made obsolete the then-accepted way of war.

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.