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Why were slings phased out of medieval armies in favor of bows?

Phased out? Says who? Slings were used in European armies until the 16th century...the Castilian king had 30,000 infantry slingers in 1386...The sling was last used in Europe for military purposes at ...
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Help identifying an old bayonet

A little googling and matching the makers marks indicates that this is a Japanese bayonet, known as a Type 30 Some 8.4 million were produced, and it remained in front-line use from the Russo-Japanese ...
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Are there examples of artwork which anachronistically showed ancients equipped with firearms?

In history "ancient" usually refers to the time period of Antiquity, the time before the beginning of the Middle Ages roughly about AD 500. I note that King Arthur was said to have been ...
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Why were greatswords used in the Middle Ages given their downsides?

The "great sword" was an evolution of the longsword (a two handed sword, no matter what Dungeons and Dragons tells us). the weapon is most commonly depicted and taught with both hands on ...
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Why were slings phased out of medieval armies in favor of bows?

Ranged attacks work especially well in volleys, as the concentrated firepower is likely to wound more people simultaneously, causing confusion and fear, and making it harder to regroup. A group of ...
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How did blackpowder sharpshooters achieve precision?

Achieving a level of practical usefulness with a muzzle-loading rifle of old times was not a trivial task. It was a specialized field, which is why it was given only to special troops until about the ...
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How was Hitler able to rearm?

The treaties are one thing, but more important is the funding. How could Germany, destitute from crushing war reparations, afford to fund the construction of a navy, army, and airforce from "...
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Why were greatswords used in the Middle Ages given their downsides?

You can do point-defence using a greatsword, see this body-guard scenario demonstration, or this narrow alley demonstration. The greatsword is a specialized tool/weapon for specialized tasks. Think, ...
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How did blackpowder sharpshooters achieve precision?

Talking about muzzle-loaders: Using rifles rather than smoothbore muskets. Better sights (still open sights, for most of the era, but better ones). Careful loading with greased patches rather than ...
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How did blackpowder sharpshooters achieve precision?

While not a complete answer, I would dispute some of the claims made against musketry and their reasons for success or lack thereof. On Killing, a book which briefly achieved wide coverage after the ...
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What is this bayonet I found in the ground while working under a house?

At this point the markings mentioned give us some basic information to begin researching. The 'WD with a arrow above it' identify this as an item manufactured for the UK War Department. A little more ...
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Were regular citizens of the Republic of Venice permitted to own and carry arms/weapons?

There is at least some evidence that carrying of arms in Venice was legally restricted during the oligarchic period from around 1300 to the 1600s. Reference: Carew Hazlitt, The Venetian Republic, 2 ...
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Were repeating rifles pitted often against breach-loaders in American Civil War battles and what happened?

Yes and No. You may need to specify what you're talking about - virtually all weapons in the civil war used cartridges, be them paper cartridges for rifle-muskets and percussion carbines, or metallic ...
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Has a CIWS system ever shot down a missile in combat?

Yesterday Houthi’s fired upon US destroyer, CIWS was used on missile within 1 mile of the ship.
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What was the first battle in history fought by vast-majority-% "distance-shooting" non-mechanized force?

Battle of Carrhae, 53 BC, between Roman general Crassus and Parthian Cavs. The Parthian army consisted of 9000 horse archers, and 1000 cataphracts. Note that the eastern cataphracts also carry ...
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