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    1855: Vortex Cannons during the Bombardment of Sveaborg?

    Air Vortex Cannon An air vortex cannon is a device that releases doughnut-shaped air vortices similar to smoke rings but larger, stronger and invisible. The vortices are able to ruffle hair, disturb papers or blow out candles after travelling several meters. A vortex ring, also called a...
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    1844 Recoilless Gun

    Per the narrative: The first recoilless gun known to have actually been constructed was developed by Commander Cleland Davis, just prior to World War I in 1910. His design, named the Davis gun, connected two guns back-to-back, with the backwards-facing gun loaded with lead balls and grease of...
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    Electric Machine Guns, Coilguns and Death Ray Guns of Yesteryear

    Some things the past presents us with are not in the traditional textbooks. One of those things is the 1845 "Siva" Electric Machine gun. The "successful" machine gun history (per the narrative) started in 1862 and goes like this: The first successful machine-gun designs were developed in the...
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    18th-19th centuries: Bazookas, Rockets, Comets and Destroyed Cities

    And the rockets' red glare, The bombs bursting in air... I know, right? Considering how many times I've heard the US Anthem lyrics, it's pretty embarrassing that it took me that long to connect a few dots. Yet, it was right there, in my face. The poem was written in 1814. The date motivated me...
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    Ancient Cannons or Ball Mills or Cement Kilns?

    Guarding over the Dardanelles for about 400 years, the famed Ottoman super cannon is arguably one of the most important guns in history. Like Darth Vader’s Death Star, the Dardanelles gun imposed the overbearing, threatening presence that tacitly boasted of imperial grandeur of which pop-culture...
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    1860s: Advanced Civil War weapons

    Most of these weapons I have never seen before. And while I have known about the Gatling Machine Gun, some of the other ones appear to belong to a different time frame. They are not as advertised as our regular cannon balls. Yet the below killing machines do appear to pertain to the Civil War...