During WWII, soldiers were known to take precious family photos (and Pinup Girl photos) and put them under clear grips on their 1911 pistols – called Sweetheart Grips. Many of the grips were made from pieces of broken plastic windows from bombers.
The Tsar Bomba, which was the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated, yielded 50-58 megatons of TNT. That is equivalent to about 10 times the combined power of all the conventional explosives used by all the armies in WW2.
An armorer at Barrett Firearms once received a call from US Marines while they were engaged in a firefight and their Barrett rifle was malfunctioning. He walked them through how to repair it over the phone, enabling them to engage their enemies.
Aztec warriors wielded swords embedded with small blades of obsidian, a kind of volcanic glass, making them the sharpest swords in history. They were so effective they could decapitate humans and even horses in one blow.
Gaston Glock, designer of Glock pistols, made prototypes and test-fired them with his left hand; if he was maimed by an explosion, he could still draw blueprints with his right.
America designed a grenade the weight and size of a baseball because they believed young American troops should be able to throw them.
In the early 1900s French gangsters used a weapon called an Apache Revolver that functioned as a revolver, a knife, and brass knuckles.
Gun ownership is REQUIRED in some towns in the U.S.
The Soviets had made a prototype laser pistol for use by their astronauts. The pistol was deigned to burn a hole through the spacesuits of enemy astronauts, killing them via suffocation and/or explosive decompression.
The widow of the inventor of the Winchester rifle built a house with mazes and dead end staircases to confuse the ghosts of the people who were killed by her husbands rifles.