History Main / NationalWeapon

29th Aug '16 10:36:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* The [[TheGloryThatWasRome Romans]] had the ''pilum'' javelin. Starting as an Etruscan weapon, the Romans adopted and perfected its design and use, making it something truly devastating and their trademark weapon.

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* The [[TheGloryThatWasRome [[UsefulNotes/TheGloryThatWasRome Romans]] had the ''pilum'' javelin. Starting as an Etruscan weapon, the Romans adopted and perfected its design and use, making it something truly devastating and their trademark weapon.
24th Aug '16 1:57:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[KukrisAreKool Kukris]] for Nepal, famously with the [[NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkha soldiers]].

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* [[KukrisAreKool Kukris]] for Nepal, famously with the [[NepaliWithNastyKnives [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkha soldiers]].
9th Jul '16 5:29:19 PM LobsterMagnusNovus
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the warriors of the nomadic Dothraki have a curved form of sword called the "arakh" as their favorite weapon.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the warriors of the nomadic Dothraki have the arakh, a curved form of sword called the "arakh" sword, as their favorite weapon.
9th Jul '16 5:28:08 PM LobsterMagnusNovus
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the warriors of the nomadic Dothraki have a curved form of sword called the "arakh" as their favorite weapon.
21st Feb '16 2:55:40 PM ElBuenCuate
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* The [[UsefulNotes/{{Greece}} Greek]] hoplite shield was not primarily offensive, so was possibly "armor" rather then a weapon.[[note]]Although they made were some pretty nasty weapons in capable hands.[[/note]] However, hoplites regarded their spears as expendable but treasured their shields; in fact, the word "hoplite" comes from the Greek ''hoplon'', which means "shield." Proverbially, a soldier was expected to come back with his shield or else on top of it (i.e. how his comrades would carry his body home). The key point was that, when standing in the battle line, the shield on your left arm protected your comrade, not you personally, so [[DirtyCoward dropping it and running away was directly endangering the lives of your fellow soldiers and citizens]].

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* The [[UsefulNotes/{{Greece}} Greek]] hoplite shield was not primarily offensive, so was possibly "armor" rather then than a weapon.[[note]]Although they made were some pretty nasty weapons in capable hands.[[/note]] However, hoplites regarded their spears as expendable but treasured their shields; in fact, the word "hoplite" comes from the Greek ''hoplon'', which means "shield." Proverbially, a soldier was expected to come back with his shield or else on top of it (i.e. how his comrades would carry his body home). The key point was that, when standing in the battle line, the shield on your left arm protected your comrade, not you personally, so [[DirtyCoward dropping it and running away was directly endangering the lives of your fellow soldiers and citizens]].
27th Jan '16 3:35:47 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Elites]] have their [[LaserBlade energy swords]], while the [[KillerSpaceMonkey Brutes]] have [[DropTheHammer gravity hammers]].
21st Jan '16 2:26:23 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The early ''VideoGame/Suikoden'' games showcase the Holy Harmonian Army, who almost exclusively make use of crescent-bladed halberds in battle.

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* The early ''VideoGame/Suikoden'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' games showcase the Holy Harmonian Army, who almost exclusively make use of crescent-bladed halberds in battle.
8th Jan '16 11:42:51 AM MarkLungo
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* In ''StarWars'', the Jedi and Sith Orders use [[LaserBlade lightsabers]].

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* In ''StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', the Jedi and Sith Orders use [[LaserBlade lightsabers]].



* The bolo of the Philippines.

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* The bolo of the Philippines.UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}}.
8th Jan '16 11:41:40 AM MarkLungo
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* The Greek hoplite shield was not primarily offensive, so was possibly "armor" rather then a weapon.[[note]]Although they made were some pretty nasty weapons in capable hands.[[/note]] However, hoplites regarded their spears as expendable but treasured their shields; in fact, the word "hoplite" comes from the Greek ''hoplon'', which means "shield." Proverbially, a soldier was expected to come back with his shield or else on top of it (i.e. how his comrades would carry his body home). The key point was that, when standing in the battle line, the shield on your left arm protected your comrade, not you personally, so [[DirtyCoward dropping it and running away was directly endangering the lives of your fellow soldiers and citizens]].

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* The Greek [[UsefulNotes/{{Greece}} Greek]] hoplite shield was not primarily offensive, so was possibly "armor" rather then a weapon.[[note]]Although they made were some pretty nasty weapons in capable hands.[[/note]] However, hoplites regarded their spears as expendable but treasured their shields; in fact, the word "hoplite" comes from the Greek ''hoplon'', which means "shield." Proverbially, a soldier was expected to come back with his shield or else on top of it (i.e. how his comrades would carry his body home). The key point was that, when standing in the battle line, the shield on your left arm protected your comrade, not you personally, so [[DirtyCoward dropping it and running away was directly endangering the lives of your fellow soldiers and citizens]].



* The [[{{Sikhism}} Sikh]] Kirpan dagger, which sikh men are mandated to carry as a symbol of their obligation to defend one another.
* The Kris of Indonesia and Malaysia.
* The rapier and left-hand dagger for Spain, though the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navaja flip knife]] is a later example.

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* The [[{{Sikhism}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Sikhism}} Sikh]] Kirpan dagger, which sikh Sikh men are mandated to carry as a symbol of their obligation to defend one another.
* The Kris of Indonesia UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}} and Malaysia.
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* The rapier and left-hand dagger for Spain, UsefulNotes/{{Spain}}, though the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navaja flip knife]] is a later example.



* The Irish shillelagh.
* The Finns have their puukko knives - quite unremarkable 4- to 6-inch, plain, single-edged, usually wooden-handled utility knives. These knives have proven to be [[BoringButPractical the ultimate appliance for crafting, cooking, eating, all kinds of outdoorsy activities and shanking irritating neighbors]] for the past 500 years or so. [[KnifeNut And running]].

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* The Irish [[UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}} Irish]] shillelagh.
* The Finns [[UsefulNotes/{{Finland}} Finns]] have their puukko knives - quite unremarkable 4- to 6-inch, plain, single-edged, usually wooden-handled utility knives. These knives have proven to be [[BoringButPractical the ultimate appliance for crafting, cooking, eating, all kinds of outdoorsy activities and shanking irritating neighbors]] for the past 500 years or so. [[KnifeNut And running]].
2nd Jan '16 1:51:18 AM YT45
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** The M1 Garand rifle was a weapon the US Marines didn't want, due to a plethora of false rumors that sprang up during its acceptance tests. Then they got to try a few of them out on Guadalcanal. The M1 was the first semiautomatic rifle adopted for general issue by any nation, and was accurate, powerful, reliable, well-balanced, just as suited to bayonet fighting as shooting, and is generally considered superior to the contemporary Russian SVT and German ''Gewehr''-43. The Marines loved it so much that ever since 1954, every enlisted Marine above the rank of PFC wears a silhouette of two crossed Garands on his rank insignia. The Silent Drill Team also uses beautifully chrome-finished Garands as their ceremonial weapon.

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** The M1 Garand rifle was a weapon the US Marines didn't want, due to a plethora of false rumors that sprang up during its acceptance tests. Then they got to try a few of them out on Guadalcanal. Guadalcanal. The M1 was the first semiautomatic rifle adopted for general issue by any nation, and was accurate, powerful, reliable, well-balanced, just as suited to bayonet fighting as shooting, and is generally considered superior to the contemporary Russian SVT and German ''Gewehr''-43. ''Gewehr''-43. The Marines loved it so much that ever since 1954, every enlisted Marine above the rank of PFC wears a silhouette of two crossed Garands on his rank insignia. insignia. The Silent Drill Team also uses beautifully chrome-finished Garands as their ceremonial weapon.weapon.
*** Millions of surplus Garand rifles have been sold on the American civilian market through the Civilian Marksmanship Program. They are extremely popular among civilian shooters and collectors, rivaled only by the AR-15 and possibly the Winchester lever-action family of rifles as ''the'' iconic American rifle.
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