Cory Doctorow at 8:18 pm Mon, Sep 17, 2012
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On the Propadeucist, "objects that are guns - and are also other weapons," including a gun that is also several other guns.
objects that are guns - 2 - and are also other weapons
(via Richard Kadrey)
Like that weird thing from Final Fantasy 8?
There is a scary robot penis in Final Fantasy 8?
Seriously, this reminds me of this clip from The Simpsons episode, “Girls Just Want to Have Sums.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glf7_iAqUAs
“…a robot with guns for arms shooting a plane made out of guns that fires guns…”
Moe: And that’s how, with a few minor adjustments, you can turn a regular gun into five guns.
Crap. While I was trying to make sure I got the quote right, you beat me to the punch.
Moe also made a “security system” contraption once, that aimed a shotgun at the door to the bar from the inside, and was triggered by the door opening. I believe that this particular instance would be illegal, due to it being an unattended self-triggering weapon (autonomous weapons including terminators and landmines are illegal for private citizens to deploy in the states. That’s why nobody seems to be building autonomous sentry guns for private property owners.)
Also the possibility of the sentries “forgetting” who is friend and/or foe.
My Dad told me when I was a kid that “pandoras” and “fence guns” enjoyed a lively market until the US Federal Gov’t. banned them, not just because of revenuers’ getting blown up, but also in response to pressure from bankers, who were trying to foreclose on ranchers during the Texas range wars.
No booby traps for you. Not yours.
Also, from American Dad, when Stan is showing the family the various weapons placed around the house,
Pengun! mightier than the sword! Swordgun! Mightier than the Pengun!
JRPG’s were right!
When I clicked through, I was really hoping for something like nunchaku made of guns. Or maybe a gun that is also a shovel!
A good example is the Apache Revolver, a pistol, brass knuckles, and knife all in one, apparently a choice weapon for French criminal gangs in the early 20th century.
It seems to be a French fetish generally. The Hôtel des Invalides/Musée de l’Armée has countless wonderful examples: swords with guns built into them, halberds with guns built into them, guns with guns built into them…god I loved that place.
I posted a couple Apache pix here. Love ‘em.
As I learned in the movies, you can get extra use out of a gun by throwing it at your enemy after you run out of bullets.
The Knife with a gun thing has come full circle as they now have guns with knives on them. – http://media.midwayusa.com/productimages/440×330/primary/343/343971.jpg
Not very practical, IMHO, but there it is.
You haven’t been paying attention for a couple of hundred years if you think think is new.
Googling the word “bayonet” is an exercise left to the reader. The combined blade and gun has slowly become less and less important as guns became quicker and quicker to load over the centuries. Certainly most flintlock pistols were designed to be reversed and used as clubs because otherwise unloaded=unarmed.
And thus, the gun stock club.
The first rule of gun stock club is nobody talks about gun stock club!
I am fully aware of the bayonet and having a pistol/knife combo isn’t new. What is new is such a weapon has resurfaced after all these year.
gunknife in Istanbul:
I think you could tie a string on the end and use it to fish. Take some practice . . . patience . . .
What a fine word “propaedeutics” is. Thank you!
The bigger image made me think of a xenomorph.
Me, too. I was trying to find an image with the head in the right configuration for comparison.
it reminds me of Crow T Robot
well they’re both phallic representations…
And that’s how, with a few minor adjustments, you can turn a regular gun into five guns.
Came here expecting to see this. Was not disappointed.
yo dawg, i heard you liked guns…
Did you put a gun in my gun?
I can haz Nexus modkit for Skyrim for this?
I was expecting a cavalcade of axe-guns and fork-guns and what I get is just a measly trot of seven weapons!
Several knife-guns and at least one axe gun right here:
WOW some GORGEOUS looking knives there. Wow wow wow!
Two old Internet favourites:
The Chainsaw Shotgun:
and the Rocket Propelled Chainsaw
I’m not so sure about the butter knife gun. Seems like you’d have a good chance at killing yourself during breakfast.
..only if you lick the knife.
House on the Rock has an incredible assortment of theses types of weapons (though I’m sure many are reproductions). But a warning, you will be functionally insane by the time you reach that part of the attraction. Previous visitors know what I mean.
I completely agree about the HOTR; going through it is like touring the dream of an obsessive-compulsive. But something else that’s worth noting about the HOTR collection and gun/knife-or-other-weapon combos in general is that probably quite a few of them are fakes, as are other things in the HOTR; the early automobile on display is from a company that never existed, the “automated orchestras” don’t really play Bolero and never could, and when Alex Jordan, Jr., the architect and creator of HOTR, was asked about these things, he gleefully admitted that quite a few of them were made to his order as faux antiques.
Similarly, I doubt that a lot of these gun/sword or gun-knife combos ever saw much action, as sticking a gun onto a straight-hilted sword seems to be impractical, both in terms of aiming the gun accurately and also in terms of putting extra non-functional weight onto a melee weapon. Bayonets are more practical both because the bayonet is usually removable and also because, with the older, longer rifles that used to be used, it makes for a better spear than it does on modern, shorter assault rifles. Besides, it’s meant only as a last-ditch weapon if your position is overrun, usually. (Close-quarter bayonet charges used to be a thing, but as early as the Civil War, bayonets accounted for less than one percent of casualties.) My guess is that most of these gun/blade combos got fired only once, if that. They’re the equivalent of the shoddy toys from the BUDK catalog.
Standard issue for the Swiss Army.
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