Axe Guns



It's hard to find much information about this type of firearm. Steve of The Firearm Blog suspects that these weapons were decorative rather than practical. There are apparently a couple examples on display in the armory at Castle Eltz in western Germany.

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It was actually a practical weapon in the 14th-15th centuries. Firearms weren't reliable and once you shoot its nothing more than an awkward club. That example looks like a reproduction, the barrel looks too thin to endure use as an axehandle. Most early flitlock pistols had a large brass 'knob' at the base of the grip, so they could be reversed after firing and used as a club.
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In Final Fantasy they called this sort of thing a "gunblade". Most famous is Squall's Lionheart. Of course the traditional bayonet might be considered a sort of gunblade adaptation.
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