10 Ancient Weapons We Can Barely Believe Existed

Axe Guns

Getting too close to an enemy could mean life or death, so the Axe Gun was designed to be the best of both worlds: melee and firearms. Someone in Germany in the mid-late 1500’s designed an ornate pistol with a battle axe attached under the barrel for close-quarters combat.


During the Eight Years’ War, in 1584, France retaliated against the Spanish with ships that they had lit on fire. Spain laughed these off as they pushed them away. Frederigo Giambelli then decided to design his own version, but more powerful and explosive. He gutted the hold of a ship, built a cement chamber inside, then loaded it with 7,000 pounds of gunpowder. He then sent the Hellburner into the enemy’s forces.