Knife-Equipped Handguns: Pistols With a Point
by Chris Eger: 5
of the Most Innovative Shotguns Ever†Made
rifle can reach out and touch someone, handguns have always
been more up close and personal while knife
fighting has been described as the most intimate combat scenario
of them all. So what could be better for those who relish a good
gutter fight than a knife
attached to a handgun? Here’s five of our favorite
Why a knife
on a pistol?
Europe, defense weapons began to increasingly fall into one
of two categories: ranged weapons like guns and bows that hurled
objects and projectiles, and edged weapons, like knives and swords,
used to pierce, hack and slice.
and wheel lock pistol made in Munich Germany, 1546. The large blade
has a calendar etched into it surface along with other personal
markings and decorations.
An era of innovative
ideas, it did not take weaponsmakers long to start attempting to
combine the two. For example, the pike (basically a long spear and
one of the most effective weapons in human history) was augmented
first by the musket and then finally replaced by the bayonet
which turned a musket
into a pike.
to retain the advantage of distance (even if your gun is out of
commission) makes the bayonet seem obvious, but why would one want
to apply this same concept to a handgun? Truly ridiculous, you say?
Well, these hybrid knife-pistols
were the original pig stickers. Hunters in Europe in the 15th century
bladed knives to the end of their flintlock pistols so they
could have a means of defense in the event that the
boar they chased wasn’t dropped by the weak and unreliable
boom stick of the day. These combos remained popular until gun science
got its act together.
to the 19th century. In 1838, the US Navy was equipping an exploration
cruise, the four-year long Wilkes
South Seas expedition, to chart little known stretches of the
Pacific. To arm ashore teams of sailors against possibly hostile
natives, they ordered 150 Elgin pistols. These smoothbore .54-caliber
cap muzzleloaders were sistered to 11-inch long abbreviated
and saw combat in at least four battles on far flung islands during
the voyage. These were sold as surplus after the expedition and
if you find a real one today, itís
a five-figure investment.
In 1860 Mr.
L. Dolne a workshop owner in the Belgian gun making Mecca of Liege,
produced what a legend among personal defense weapons. Remembered
as the Apache revolver due to its use by French criminals of the
same name, the handgun was a 13-ounce five-shot revolver with a
folding set of brass knuckles for a grip and a 1.15-inch bayonet
as a hood ornament. Itís odd, and ugly, but for its time it was
featured both a bayonet and brass knuckles.
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