The Fire Lance

Nicholas C. Rossis

Remember Stargate and the cool lance that doubled as a missile launcher?

Surprisingly enough, this wasn’t as unheard of as you may assume (well, not the energy weapon but the combo of lance and gun). If you are looking for inspiration for an unusual weapon for your hero or heroine, I present to you the Boar Spear with Double Barrel Wheellock Pistol, currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Constructed c. 1575, the weapon is an 89 3/4 inch boar spear with two wheellock pistol barrels fused to both flat sides of the spear’s head. The intent of this design seems to have been to provide the wielder with the extra stopping power of two .41 caliber musket balls that could be fired at targets out of the reach of the spear.

Lance with gun | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Some sources posit that such weapons were instead experimental pieces or curiosities but seriously, how cool does…

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