Inspiration from history

And there ya go. I’ve always said the Real World is the Real Monster of all Possibilities.

Andrew Knighton writes

This weekend I went to a historical reenactors’ market with Laura and her aunt. While the ladies were perusing hats and finding bargain fabric for costumes, I instead took the opportunity for some ad hoc writing research. Among the interesting things I saw and discovered were…

Take two weapons into the fight? Not me, I just shoot and hack with this handy axe pistol! Take two weapons into the fight? Not me, I just shoot and hack with this handy axe pistol!

Sometimes real weapons are even crazier than those in steampunk and fantasy. Take this combination axe/pistol from Radbourn Designs. It was used in boarding actions by 17th century Italian sailors, so that they could shoot someone out of the way as they swung onto the enemy boat and then immediately start hacking people up. It’s like the Swiss Army Knife of high seas brutality, and the next pirate I write is having one.

The blunderbuss, designed for your shooting convenience The blunderbuss, designed for your shooting convenience

According to the chap running

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2 thoughts on “Inspiration from history

    • Actually I’m writing a pre-Revolutionary War novel (a frontier’s novel) based on my Irish great grand sires and the Regulators of SC and that novel features a knife pistol.

      Yeah, I hope there are more stories like that.

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