9 Weapons That Changed The World
Nowhere has man’s quest for technological advancement been more apparent than in the arena of warfare. Nations devote shocking amounts of their time and money to build better weapons to preserve their way of life, take what they want, or both.
Obviously, each breakthrough made represents a clear competitive advantage militarily, which in turn has shifted balances of among different nations and different values, so it’s not an overstatement to say that these inventions did, in fact, change the world in a way that few other innovations have.
9. The Atomic Bomb
Firstly, the atomic bomb ended WWII in Asia in a swift and decisive fashion. And while the atomic bomb probably wasn’t the raison d’etre for the cold war, it certainly did raise the stakes to a level never before seen. With both the US and the USSR holding enough nuclear weapons to eradicate the human population several times over, suddenly the whole world had a stake in how this rivalry played out. Going forward, nuclear weapons remain a militaristic trump card, so much so that entire councils exist to grant permission for their development.
8. The Land Mine
While land mines have shown their use in combat in many instances, their efficacy has proven to be more profoundly political than militaristic. Delineations between rival nations may be set with the placement of these explosives, making a de facto wall that needn’t be manned by soldiers. Furthermore, a government can use mines to effectively corral their (or someone else’s) citizens into designated spaces, should they be so inclined.
7. The Pistol
If someone is carrying a rifle, you know they’re carrying a rifle. If someone’s carrying a pistol, there’s a good chance that you would have no idea. It’s this concern that has enabled criminals to operate fairly clandestinely in urban areas and around police, causing people to question their safety as a result of what they don’t know.
6. The Machine Gun
While warfare has relied on guns for centuries now, the advent of the machine gun allowed few to take on many, as, all of a sudden, armed gunmen could take on an onslaught of lesser equipped enemies. Such was the case during the colonization of Africa and even the United States, where the best efforts of the indigenous people were suddenly no match for the strategic use of machine guns by the occupants.
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Some other weapons not mentioned in the above article:
The Colt 45 aka The Peace Maker:
Designed for the U.S. government service revolver trials of 1872 by Colt’s Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company. It was discontinued, but came back due to popular demand. The revolver was popular with ranchers, lawmen, and outlaws alike, but current models are mostly bought by collectors.
You see, this was the first gun that held multiple bullets that could shoot multiple times. Prior to this, guns and rifles were loaded with muskets using ramrods, gun powder and what not. So this changed the whole game. If you missed with your first shot, you didn’t have load another musket or bullet.