Throughout history, humans have shown an incredible propensity for innovation, even in the realm of weaponry. From the peculiar to the downright impractical, there have been some truly strange weapons that have left their mark on the annals of history. Join us as we delve into the world of eccentric armaments and explore some of the strangest weapons ever devised.
The Krummlauf Curved Rifle
The Krummlauf (German for “curved barrel”) was a bent barrel attachment for the Sturmgewehr 44 (StG 44) rifle developed by Germany in World War II. The curved barrel included a periscope sighting device for shooting around corners from a safe position. The Krummlauf was designed to allow German soldiers to fire around corners without exposing themselves to enemy fire. The curved barrel was angled at 30 or 45 degrees, and the periscope sighting device allowed the soldier to see around the corner without having to lean out.
Airborne laser weapons
These aircraft are equipped with lasers that can be used to destroy enemy targets, such as missiles, drones, or even aircraft. The most well-known example of an airborne laser weapon is the Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser, which was developed by the United States in the early 2000s. However, the YAL-1 was ultimately canceled in 2011 due to cost overruns and technical difficulties.
Le Petit Protector Gun Ring
The Harmonica Gun
The harmonica gun, also known as the slide gun, is a type of firearm that was invented in the 19th century. It is a breech-loading gun that has a magazine that resembles a harmonica. The user would simply push the magazine from right to left after each shot, and the next round would be chambered.