Best Ancient Weapons

Ancient weapons have changed the course of history. Whether it's a large or small military, the one with the best toys wins. So here are some notable ancient weapons that have had a notable effect on warfare.

The Top Ten

1 Bow & Arrow

This weapon allowed humans to colonize Europe. The large animals like elk were hunted with deadly effectiveness with the bow & arrow. It is also very effective as an army weapon. - Anonymous2u

When France was attacked by Britain, the French put all there archers up first, it won them the battle.

Very lethal weapons that are still dangerous.

Since a musket and a blunderbuss are not ancient weapons and ranged is by far the best so it's a bow and arrow - ThePursuer78

If they used it in modern warfare I think it would destroy. all you need to do is hide behind a wall and shoot a volley at the charging team

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2 Katana

Used by the Samurai, ninjas, Viet Cong, Japanese empire, and modern day Dojos all across the globe - sdoggys

The Katana is so sharp it has been demonstrated to cut through a human completly with no problem. And the swords are made of steel instead of Iron so its stronger than the average sword - sdoggys

Samurai made the best weapons

Katanas have been used for 1000s of years and are incredibly flexible and strong.

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3 Broadsword

The satisfying when you slice something up with a broadsword. Also I think it was England, not France, that won many battles in the Hundred Year's War with archers.

It will kill you easily.

This weapon is awesome


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4 Battle Ax

The battle ax was by vikings to pillage villages & claim land - Anonymous2u

5 Blunderbuss

A muzzle loading shotgun that could use anything as ammo as long as there was enough gunpowder.

Definitely more lethal than that big fork trident thing. - jezza0

Its an awesome weapon, they even use to fill it with scrap metal and wood if they ran out of ammo.

A muzzle loading shotgun. This was the pirate equivilant to a Spas-12.

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6 Trident

The trident was very effective in single combat because eit could cause multiple wounds and could be used to disarm a foe

This weapon was sympolic as a smpol of the god Neptune. Combined with the net, it made a great combonation for gladiators - Anonymous2u

F yeah

7 War Hammer

Great for bashing an armoured foe.

8 Cannon

The great grandfather of all firearms. A weapon capable of large damage, this weapon has evolved into what is now guns. Muzzle loading, then single action, lever action, bolt action, semi-auto, and finally fully-automatic (burst fire could be included too).

Cannons were the first ever heavy artillery. They were used on battlefields for centuries. - Anonymous2u

We are talking about handheld weapons here, folks. Hand Cannon is what you want. - LordDovahkiin

9 Crossbow

Ass kicking like he said

Croosbow is a bad ass killing machine

A peasant can now kill a Knight and the Chinese had the repeat crossbow which could fire up to one bolt a second which is faster than any longbow man.
There was also the triple crossbow which was used in sieges on both sides.

10 Musket

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11 Tomahawk

Can be used both as a handheld wielding weapon as well as an effective projectile

12 Spear

It's the most popular weapon in history. It was still used in war more then the bow and arrow for all of the years in which the bow and arrow was used. It has vastly superior reach to the sword. It is more intuitive to use then the sword or the bow. It is the first weapon that allowed man to hunt large game. Until the invention of relatively modern firearms it was still the most common weapon on nearly all battlefields. On a less objective note, Odin used one and he was Thor's dad.

A spear can kill an opponent at long range

13 Shield

Jesus Christ, I know this can be used as a weapon, but the idea behind it was to defend you. - LordDovahkiin

14 Arquebus

For those who don't know an Arquebus was an early form of rifle or musket prominent during the Rennaisance.

15 Matchlock Rifle
16 Sling

This is one of the oldest weapons on Earth, dating back to biblical times - Anonymous2u

17 Flintlock Rifle
18 War Club

These weapons were used by native-Americans to defend against eneny tribes - Anonymous2u

19 Cutlass
20 Flintlock Pistol

It a gun

21 Catapult

Again... We are talking about handheld weapons here, folks. Not siege weapon. - LordDovahkiin

Well you know what catapults are for - Anonymous2u

22 Rapier
23 Sabre
24 Khopesh
25 Hoplon

What is a hoplon? A sheild used by spartans that had a layer of brass, wood, & leather. It could be swung at people to knock them back, crack skulls & charge. This fits with the expression "the best offense is a good deffense" - Anonymous2u

26 Katar

An ancient dagger from India, that appears to be just a dagger at first, but then splits into three like Wolverine's claws! Awesome.

27 Urumi

A whipsword basically

28 Scottish Claymore

It was the largest weapon and delivered the second most deadly blow only following under the Katana.

This weapon was really effective against shield and horses carriages and war elephant when the Scottish invaded other country's but it took strength to wield the weapon.

29 Hwacha
30 Greek Fire
31 Mace Mace

Just imagine getting hit in the face by that.

32 Wheellock Pistol
33 Angon

The anon was the main weapon of the Germanic tribes and maybe vikings

34 War Elephants

This is a calvary unit. We are talking about HANDHELD weapons here, folks. - LordDovahkiin

35 Nunchaku
36 Longbow
37 Bayonet

Back in the American Revolution, all muskets and rifles were designed to have fixed bayonets to make an effective lance.

38 Atlatl

The bow before the bow, revolutionized projectile weapons forever

Super op thing that launches darts that easily
1 shot kill things

39 Spatha

It was the short sword used by the Roman Empire to be thruster through opponents with ease. What made it so effective was the fact that the blade was fashioned for maximum thrust damage rather than slashing, so it was the perfect partner to the titanic shield walls of the legion. *Open wall, impale poor bloke, close wall*

40 Spike Pits

This is a trap. We are talking about HANDHELD WEAPONS. - LordDovahkiin

41 Faussart

This weapon was so powerful, a duoble handed swing could cut a mail armoured knight almost clean in half

42 Francisca

A frankish throwing axe

43 Brown Bess Musket
44 Trebuchet
45 Samurai Sword
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