These Weapons Were Way Ahead of Their Time


Warfare has always provided the impetus for advancing more efficient methods of killing one’s fellow man. History shows nearly every extended period of warfare found new weapons proposed and developed, which often failed because existing technology incapable of supporting the design. For example, the earliest land mines, filled with gunpowder, often failed because the moisture of the earth in which they were concealed seeped into the powder, rendering it useless.

As advances in metallurgy and chemistry discovered better ways to manufacture weapons and fling them at each other, scientists, artists, mathematicians, and others presented weapons which for the most part foretold many of the weapons in use today. They were ahead of their time, but as technology caught up with the idea, many became formidable weapons. Here are 10 weapons of the past which were ahead of their time.

This is an encore of one of our previous lists, as presented by our YouTube host Simon Whistler. Read the full list!

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