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Mad Mondays, Weapons

Facebook followers will be familiar with the Mad Mondays, in which we are taking a look at some of the more crazy and cutting-edge firearms in a rather bumpy history through arms development. I’ll now be hosting it here as this is a better platform for such articles!

I thought we would start off with something you don’t see every day.

XIV.6 / 14-00006 Combined axe and wheellock pistol. Possibly Iberian or German, early 17th century Copyright: The Board of Trustees of the Armouries Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds LS10 1LT Digital Photograph Di 2005-310 Hasselblad 555ELD / Imacon digital back

If you thought being sliced by an axe would ruin your day, try this for size. Although the axe face is blunt, it conceals five barrels lit by several methods, which begs the question of how practical it would be to use.

XIV.6 / 14-00006 Combined axe and wheellock pistol. Possibly Iberian or German, early 17th century Copyright: The Board of Trustees of the Armouries Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds LS10 1LT Digital Photograph Di 2005-311 Hasselblad 555ELD / Imacon digital back

The top barrel is lit by a matchlock, the mechanism for which is under the brass lion. The second barrel via the wheel lock and the rest by a hand-held slow-match. There is another barrel in the handle lit by this match. The wheel lock has an attachment to light this match as it is fired.

 

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You can see the entry for this item at the Royal Armouries Collection here.

 

 

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