10 ordinary at first glance things that are actually deadly weapons
Modern man is constantly in a state of anxiety, and the news that the Internet and the media do not add to peace of mind - murder, robbery, war. Therefore, the natural desire of man to protect themselves. This is exactly how unusual dual-use items appeared - at first glance they are the most common items, but in reality they are the real weapons.
1. Buckle pistol
The Nazis created all sorts of weapons during the Second World War, including a belt buckle, which at the same time could be used as a pistol. This thing, called the “Koppelschlospistole,” was invented by a German officer, Louis Marcus, when he was in a prisoner of war camp during the First World War. The Nazis improved the design of this weapon during World War II and created it in two versions: a double-barreled pistol for 7.65-mm ammunition and a four-barreled version, which used 5.6-mm ammunition.
For each trunk had its own trigger. It is said that such pistols in buckles were made for the highest Nazi officers as their last means of defense (in the event of being captured), although there is also evidence that they were used by Nazi agents. It was possible to use such a “shooting buckle” in two ways.
One of the methods implied that it was necessary to pull the hidden spring, which would release the buckle and open the barrels, from which a shot was immediately fired. Another method meant pressing the latch to open the buckle, and after that it was necessary to pull the trigger. A total of twelve such pistols were made, which today are in insane demand among collectors.
2. Bulldozer tank
New Zealand and Australia quickly realized after the outbreak of World War II that they were threatened by the Japanese invasion, and that they were unable to produce heavy weapons to repel such an invasion. At the same time, Britain and the United States were too busy with their own weapons to provide assistance to these countries.
This situation forced New Zealand to think about creating their own weapons. One such device was the Bob Semple tank, which actually was a Caterpillar bulldozer, converted into a tank by hanging metal plates on it and equipping six machine guns. It was made just a few of these "combat vehicles."
The “tank” had a crew of eight people, and its great weight (especially considering the weapons and metal plates) limited the vehicle speed to 24 kilometers per hour. It was also too high (3.7 meters), and the tank had to be completely stopped to change gears. Japan never invaded New Zealand, so it is not known whether the tank bulldozer was suitable for real combat.
3. Key gun
The idea of creating a pistol inside the key sounds strange, but some inventors in the United States did the same in 1854. Then the prisons were filled with dangerous criminals who could attack the guards opening their cells. As a result, someone came up with the idea of embedding a pistol in the key, which the guard used to open the doors.In fact, there is no mention of using such one-time keys, since they were extremely impractical, and simply strange.
First, the pistol had no sight, which automatically made the accuracy of the shot a big problem. In addition, it could only be used by touching the lit cigar to the powder hole behind. The third problem was that prisoners trying to escape, instinctively tried to grab the key, even if they did not know that it was actually a gun.
4. Fecal bombs
Human feces have been used in wars for millennia. The Scythians used arrows, poisoned by a mixture of the venom of a viper, human blood and human feces. In the XII century, the Chinese invented the bomb, which was a deadly mixture of gunpowder, poison and feces. Later in the Middle Ages, some armies bombarded the besieged castles with feces of people infected with the plague in order to infect its inhabitants.
Feces were also used during the Vietnam War: Viet Cong made mines from pointed bamboo stakes smeared with feces.Such bamboo traps did not kill American and South Vietnamese soldiers, but they caused them serious infection, which could lead to death.
5. Battle Plow
During the American Civil War, farmers living near the border of the North and the South were subjected to numerous attacks from Confederation soldiers. To solve this problem, in 1862, WH Fancher and CM French invented the “New and Improved Battle Plow”, which in fact was a conventional agricultural plow with a built-in cannon. Such a weapon was never created, since it was extremely impractical.
6. Trinket trinket
"Kubotan" is a 14-centimeter trinket-truncheon, which was invented by Takayuki Kubota in the 1960s. It was used to strike at sensitive parts of the body and hold the attackers in painful grips. The Los Angeles Police Department showed an interest in such weapons in the 1970s, and Kubotan himself trained female officers to work with them.
The weapon soon acquired a secondary goal: "working with intractable suspects." It turned out to be so effective that it was called the “tool for adjusting the point of view.”Other intelligence agencies, such as the FBI and the CIA, have also begun to use Kubotan as a means of self-defense and, possibly, to “correct the point of view” of stubborn suspects.
7. Cane pistol
The etiquette of the 1850s required a gentleman to walk with a cane. However, in the same 1850s, the use of a cane was a clear indicator of human prosperity, which made gentlemen on the streets ideal targets for many criminals. This led to the invention of multi-tasking reeds, which also served as a sword. Thus, a gentleman could quickly snatch a sword from a cane and fend off any criminal who attacked him.
Sword canes were soon replaced with pistol canes. The most famous of these weapons was a cane pistol caliber 0.31, released by Remington Arms in 1858. Another such weapon was equipped with a handle that could be used as a butt.
France faced several insurrections in its colonies in Algeria and Indochina (today's Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) in the 1950s. The rebels usually attacked French targets and left before the French military could mobilize large forces with heavy weapons.As a result, the French invented a militarized version of the Vespa scooter called the Vespa 150 TAP, which was specifically designed for the French airborne forces.
The moped was equipped with a recoilless M20 gun and several shells. The idea was that the scooter could be quickly delivered where it was needed by air (dropping by parachute) to provide powerful fire support for lightly armed French paratroopers. Before firing, the gun was dismantled from a scooter and mounted on a tripod. About 500 such scooters were released, and they proved to be quite effective in fighting insurgents.
9. Helmet pistol
During World War I, Albert Bacon Pratt of Lyndon, Vermont, created improved firearms that nobody needed. The "improvement" here was to add a pistol to the helmet. In this “device” there was no trigger, and instead it was required that the operator blew into a special tube for the shot.
Aiming was “automatic,” because the gun was aimed at where the person was looking. And even this was not the worst feature of such weapons.The helmet pistol had a strong recoil that could damage the shooter’s neck. However, Pratt did not stop there. He also claimed that the top of the helmet can be removed and used as a bowler. Needless to say, his idea died of its own accord.
10. Bombed Girl
During World War II, Georgy Bogdanovich Kistyakovsky, a military man and scientist who worked in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor of the CIA, developed edible flour for baking, which could serve as a bomb. Flour was called "Aunt Jemima," in the image of a popular brand of flour sold in the United States. It was a mixture of ordinary baking flour and a deadly explosive called HMX.
You could bake bread or muffins from Auntie Jemima like ordinary flour, and they were quite edible, despite the fact that they could actually cause serious indigestion. Such "flour" was supplied to the Chinese resistance fighters during the war for use against the occupying Japanese forces. When flour was not baked into bread or muffins, it could easily be turned into an improvised bomb.