Underappreciated historical weapons: THE GUN SWORD!

July 24, 2019

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have a lawful reason to possessing one which I do and with that out of the way welcome back to underappreciated historical weapons where I reveal to you some real actual you know weapons that existed in history that are so cool that people don't actually realize all when I say people most people there are some of you are particularly informed that know a lot about this stuff but to some people they think that these weapons are just pure fantasy creations we've already been out to have a look at the executioner sword and in this video we are going to be looking at gun swords now the most famous gum sword that people generally familiar with is a gun blade from Final Fantasy 8 and kind of because of that they just you know people assume well it's a fictional thing that's a fictional you know video game stuff that they didn't really exist but I'm here to tell you they actually did it's the peanut butter and jam logic when you have something that's really really cool really cool what happen if you combine them sometimes I love that logic now the guns sword really came into being around or became more prominent in the 17th and 18th centuries this is the period where the pistol started to really come into its own right and became the standard sidearm for self-defense but when the pistols were you know in the early days when I'm coming around there was some distinct limitations about them one of them being rate of fire most pistols could only get one shot before they needed to be reloaded in a fairly time-consuming manner and so if you're in a desperate situation where people we have one shot having a backup melee weapon was very very useful in fact a sword so sword was still very common in the 17th century but you're already holding a gun in one hand and if that is your primary hand where you're able to perform certain articulate movements in a far more coordinated manner you need up put the gun away and then draw your weapon so the way to fix this problem is to have the weapon and gun combined where you get your single shot off and then you have a weapon that you can still use to defend yourself if you don't have enough time to reload a kind of companion element to this idea of a gun sword is of course a gun knife and in fact it seems like gun knives were even a little bit more prominent than gun swords knives are not as bulky they can be just as lethal though of course you fight differently with a knife compared to a sword and sword has certain advantages and keeping your opponent at bay with the reach but pistol knives very very common in history and there are actually a lot of examples some of the best integrations between a knife and a gun that I have seen these designs where the blade has been kind of expertly crafted to be a single piece with the barrel itself and Jake they were pretty awesome yep for myself if I was to pick between a knife and a sword for self-defense I would always go with the sword and this idea of combining a sword and a gun wasn't just around where the single-shot pistols even when revolvers were developed there are combinations of swords and revolvers this image here depicts a combination left for hmm French something pinfire revolver and sword it dates to 1800 France this weapon combines a short bladed sword with a six-shot pepperbox revolver the blade has a short double fuller leading to single fuller's which run the rest of the length and there are panels of etched scrollwork on each side it's a pretty cool example and it shows that yeah gun swords are even around when multiple shot pistols were developed this does raise an interesting question though why didn't every gun have a knife or sword blade attached to it I mean for me because it's a no-brainer if you can add a knife and especially a sword to a gun I'm gonna do it but not everyone did it and so as to I pure speculation okay and my speculation is there is a matter of practicality involved with it also a gun is a far more efficient weapon in a sword and if you had the option to put someone down with a bullet than with a blade you would generally go with the bullets yet when I do look at these gun blade combinations there is something that comes to mind that perhaps a more proficient gun person shooting experienced them would be our to help me figure out and it's the fact that having a blade and especially a sword on the tip of a gun well I could really see it starting to weigh down the barrel and make aiming more difficult and this possible detrimental feature could be increased more so with a sword so there you go you guys in America and you are illegal responsible gun owners perhaps this is something you might be out of test how much of an effect even detrimental effect does having a blade attached to the barrel have in regards to accuracy because even just right now I can test it and holding it out like that there's a lot more weight I'm not going to be able to maintain this position for very long at all it's weighing me down and you know double-handed okay I can be a bit longer but this is a significant weight like this sword here 1.1 kilos big difference as opposed to this so this might also actually answer the question why gun knives seem to be more common than gun swords maybe Scala Grimm can do the test he strikes me as the type of guy who would be out of figure this out really well that'll be very interesting to find out though in regards to just the you know example I had just shown there does seem to be a simple enough answer which would reduce the weight issues significantly enough but maybe not completely which is why it's still more common to have guns with no blades attached and it's in regards to the direction in which the blade is pointing now when you look at a handgun anythink okay which way could I attach a blade to it it seems logical and evidence for the blade to point in the same direction as the barrel you'll be pointing that gun at whoever you want to protect yourself against and therefore the tip of the blade is also in that direction so if they cut if they're running towards you all kind of run onto the blade itself yet if they're going to be that close they're you know rickly in striking distance – if I was to replace what I'm holding here with a sword well chop chop so I find it interesting that I've not found any examples of a gun sword in which its configuration was like so it is so much easier to maintain this position than it was before but I'm not saying it's completely easy it's still significantly heavier and I'm already starting to feel the weight pull down so I'm thinking that there's probably still detrimental effects with a configuration like this just not as many and the other thing that I find interesting about this configuration is that the barrel is actually kind of standing in place of one of the quillin's and sorry if I was to duplicate it you know having a barrel pointing towards you doesn't feel to secure so maybe this double-barreled quilling sword design might not be a best option but it gives you kind of a backup I mean I was watching a YouTube video that was actually showing a double-barrel gun and the reason why I'm pointing this out is that it showed you can fit a double magazine into the handle of a gun and so if you had the safety and you weren't worried about a gun pointing in your own direction you couldn't actually have a design where you had a double magazine in the handle and then for the quill instill as a barrel for each end and when you go like bang bang bang you can just kind of flip it around and then it's another parallel there and you know every load and you got to go bang bang bang again now I'm sure there's actually some of you screaming about a very obvious and clear kind of conclusion to this concept of combining knife or blade and gun because they didn't necessarily disappear okay this idea has persisted even to the modern day and it's not necessarily in permanent integration of knife or sword with gun but as a optional fixture that you can attach to the end of rifles yes I'm talking about bayonets a bayonet does seem to be a more practical and versatile option to this this kind of problem if you're right out of bullets and someone is still running out to you and you need to defend yourself and you want something a bit more effective than your fists a blade very very useful and so having a blade on the end of the gun there we go now isn't necessarily a gun sword or a gun knife this bayonet rifle attachment in fact a bayonetted rifle has more in common with a spear or pole arm than it does with a knife or sword but Spears and pole arms are very very deadly as well so this isn't necessarily a bad thing it's just a different thing and needs to be used differently because you fight with a sword differently than you do with the spear or pole arm going back to the more historical examples of these blade gun combinations it's interesting that I haven't found too many examples of permanently fixed blades to rifles as always seems to be bayonets and perhaps that's because that's just more practically convenient having something you can just attach and you know take off so if you don't think you're gonna be needing this blade on the end of the gun you can take it off get rid of the weight and perhaps that assists in aiming yet in a meal a situation where you do have someone coming up against you I do feel something more substantial than just a bay in it might be better as a permanent fixture to your gun but it's that kind of balance between practicality and effectiveness when you actually need to use it and more than than not convenience and practicality does seem to win out more so above full fledge effectiveness not at every situation but that does seem to be a very significant consideration a good example of this generally in a medieval ish scenario the best weapons and equipment that you can kick yourself out in would be like full plate armor with a real serious polearm halberd or pole axe but did people wear those things for you know for self-defense every single day no because wearing full plate armor and carrying around a big heavy pole arm is very inconvenient okay you've got a lot of other things you need to do in your casual everyday life and so instead of using the most effective you know who L equipment that they could wear to protect themselves in a self-defense situation they picked the weapon that was most convenient to carry around with them which happened to be the sword again this is generally why people carry around pistols for their weapon of self-defense and in a full-on assault rifle but when they're going into battle you would generally pick assault rifle over pistol every single time and but you'd still have a pistols backup generally and this is why the bayonet fixture to the end of a rifle is just the obvious go-to option then attaching like some serious full-on blade along you know the on the bottom side of the barrel of the gun like a big blade good rifle 40 thing it'll be awesome but it would be far more inconvenient to carry around I carry you know see that thing because you have a if you have it like a big blade attached to the bottom of your rifle can you can you like seve it on the sign but then you're pulling out and then you gotta and the butt of the gun is a lot bigger than just the handle of a sword and stuff there so so yeah but bayonets I might not be able to do big chopping motions but I still have something you know quite effective to use if I'm thrown into a meal a situation and I run out of bullets in some type of fight there you go this has been a historical gun sword and a gun knife that truly did exist in history this is not a fictional creation and my thoughts on this type of weapon as to how effective and ficient they might be you know problems associated which and why perhaps we don't see them as often in the modern day because the other thing in one day is what easier to reload and I was in the past even revolvers could take a lot longer but now it's a simple matter of removing a magazine placing with a new arm back and you're good to go so the priority in someone's mind when you're on out of bullets now it's just reload as quickly as possible then oh crap is still running at me I'd better start trying to chop him or stab in with the blade I have on my gun because like I kind of mentioned the towards beginning this video killing someone with the bullet it's generally a lot easier not more efficient and safer for you than trying to get closer and killing them with a bladed type weapon thank you for watching I hope you've enjoyed there's been a really interesting one to tackle and of course I hope to see you again until that time you


  • Reply Chance Foster July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Cost a lot I bet

  • Reply Mike McGrath July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    The true answer is the ax-gun.

  • Reply Truejustice666 July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    I live in Texas so hearing about other places gun laws always make me laugh lol

  • Reply Brittin Frielink July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    If you positioned a barrel perpendicular to the blade that would greatly increase the chance of recoil throwing the blade back into your face/body. The barrel is likely in alignment with the blade to prevent self harm.

  • Reply Royal Raptor Gaming July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    When I saw him with the pb&j then the sword and pistol I was waiting for a ww1 rifle and bayonet to appear lol

  • Reply josiel santos July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    have you ever saw rwby series weapons ?

  • Reply Moinecraft BOY July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    star wars rebels
    the main chareter has a saber-blaster in that style

  • Reply Drinking Sake With Neo July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    American gun owner here . I think it would be a fun idea to have gun blades make a come back .

    I carry a 9mm with me everywhere for purposes of concealment a gun blade wouldn't be overly practical and like you said it could weigh down the barrel, i.e throwing off your shot .

    Now there is a way we could make it work , a different holster/sheath along with a blade with a cut out body in strong modern metal (it would look kind of like the frame of a large metal construction crane , only in blade form .)

    It would be fun . I also carry a large pocket knife with me so I have a knife option as well .

    Move to the States specifically Montana , Texas , Utah or any pro freedom pro gun pro self defense state and you can get your own working gun blade .

    Great video as always.

  • Reply Mikovril July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Gambol Shroud, the piston/sword used by Blake in the show RWBY is very similar to 7:40.

  • Reply Jacob Waddle July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Inone of the Assassin’s creed games the character uses a gun blade. From how they chose to show how it could be used, I can understand using a gun blade in case your sword gets stuck, but the enemy is still alive, so you shoot him which helps pry out the weapon and do more damage to the opponent at the same time.
    From looking at the historical gun blades, the barrels don’t look long enough for them to be very accurate, so they’d only be used in close quarters anyway.

  • Reply Jeremy Ze tree July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Okay wait so FAKE guns are illegal in australia?

  • Reply KimballTho July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Star Wars Rebels: Ezra Bridger has a combination lightsaber and blaster in the same configuration you mentioned.

  • Reply Jerome Thiel July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    My favorite melee/firearm combo was the pepper box mace. 4-6 barrels (small calibre) and a common powder chanber. Basically a shot gun. Used at close range just prior to melee combat.

    Given the unreliability of black powder weapons of the time, if it worked, it gave you an advantage of reach. If it didn't, you still have a mace to brain them with!

    Another plus, because it's a shotgun (basically) and intended to be used at close range, there was no "hold it at arms length and try to aim, BS, you'd just hip shoot, then ready for hand to hand.

  • Reply BlessedBow7 July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    i'm pretty sure a gun sword is a hip fire weapon and if you need to be more accurate you usualy just have a normal gun aswell

  • Reply Apis4 July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    I just want to point out to the ignorant commenters here, that Australia HAS guns, you CAN own a gun. We have had much STRICTER gun CONTROL since 1996, but we did NOT… NOT… 'Ban" guns.

    In fact some states, have removed the process for Automatic weapons, but in some, you can still get a Category R(estricted) license. Ergo, a gun permit that let's you own Assault rifles, if you meet the requisite threshold to do so. Usually this is VERY restricted, but if you are say, an expert in a given array of weapons, who has been recognized by say the manufacturer as a certified trainer, and operate a training school, or if you are a qualified expert on given weapons, say with appropriate recognition of such, like a degree or higher in something like history, specialising in modern military small arms, and are as such curator of a collection, or if you are a certified qualified armourer working in the film industry etc etc. Even in states that do not offer a Cat-R license, if you have one from one that does, you can get permission to operate in the one which doesn't.

    Likewise, down from that you have something like the Category D permit, which allows for semi-automatic long arms, and weapons which exceed the mandated restricted capacity of Cat A permit guns (like say a standard Bolt action .22 Rifle), but again, it is dependent on reason, and having a VALID one, like being a professional shooter, involved in contract culling, or again, a certified training expert in given weapon type, operating as a contractor for such, etc.

    It's the same with handguns. You can get a pistol license, but you need a reason, the most common being sporting shooters, with membership of gun clubs, these are not a cake walk to get, but actually relatively easy, compared to the conceptions foreigners have at any rate. But you cannot carry with such. You need a separate class for that, but you CAN get one, again, with a REASON. If you are a operating as a security contractor with qualifications for armed security, or if you are someone operating in a high risk arena, like a professional shooter who specialises in Crocodile hunting, or even a scientist who is involved in catch and tag operations of dangerous animals, you can get an open carry subclass. If you are a specialist CP contractor, or specialised niche security, say in large public arenas, or such as this, and have the right to carry, you can get a different one for conceal carry, and so on an so forth


    We saw an instant decrease in all gun related crimes and accidents, all gun related injuries, since we introduced these MUCH TIGHTER restrictions on firearms, in 1996, in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre, One of the reasons is the difficulty in getting guns, on a needs basis, and as one sociologist hypothosised in an article I was reading, an unspoken factor worthy of consideration is the 'privilege' factor… to meet the requirements to have access as a civilian to Cat R weapons, would TAKE EFFORT, take maybe a DECADE or more of your life… they would literally have to become your life and livelihood. This means even if one or two nutcases slipped through all the prerequisites, all the passes they need get, somehow got under the radar…. they've invested SO MUCH in doing so, that itself can be reason enough to think twice about abusing their privileged access.

    Yet that is still NOT BANNING GUNS… we have NEVER banned guns.

    We just dont let anyone go and buy them for any reason, any kind they want, any time they like. That seems quite logical to me, and if the surveys are anything to go by, the majority of my fellow Australian's too.

  • Reply smill pupstick July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Americurns approve.

  • Reply Benjamín Répáš July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    in black flag you could unlock gun sword and it has ha stab and shoot finish move

  • Reply THAC0twenty July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Put it in your book man. Using the magic to harden materials would fix the issues

  • Reply THAC0twenty July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Exactly right. Even modern baynoets kill accuracy and range. Far enough away, getter an accurate shot if you have the distance to give you time to holster and unsheath. Gun knives though..awesome

  • Reply Luke DoesParkour July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Vegimite or Nutella are better but jams not bad

  • Reply 50 subscribers without any videos without videos July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    *rand dude breaks in ur house and sees you *
    "Hands up or i shoot"
    Me: *pulls out sword gun *

  • Reply John Osborn July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    But what about sword bayonets, Shad? 😮

  • Reply -_CHIMERA_ - July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    There is literally a gun blade in warframe

  • Reply aierce July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    What about a rifle spear! /s

  • Reply Evonix July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    When you were talking about the handguard/gun could you move the chamber and barrel back from the trigger instead of having two in different directions? It'd be inconvenient for the trigger mechanism but anything else?

  • Reply Billy Bob July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    But everyone knows the Reiterpallash is the weaker Bloodtinge-scaling weapon

  • Reply Knyght Zero July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Cervantes' off-hand weapon from Soulcalibur has a pistol in the handle like you've described.

  • Reply soldier 112 July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Remember,don't bring a sword without a bullet

  • Reply Josiah Fernandez July 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Having the blade coming from the top of the gun (in line with the magazine) could be a benefit. The heavier the gun, the more accurate you can be (assuming you can support the weight, of course) and the quicker you can fire off your second shot accurately (recoil is reduced).

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