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Five bizarre weapons from throughout history

Vespa 150 TAP with mounted no recoil air gun

If history has taught us anything, it is that us humans are a creative bunch, but sometimes we get a bit too creative…

We have delved into the depths of history to discover some of the weird weapons that have been created over the years, and honestly, some of these are absolutely incredible!

Vespa 150 TAP (Pictured above)

The Vespa 150 TAP, or Bazooka Vespa, was a Vespa scooter modified for use with paratroopers. Introduced in 1956 and updated in 1959, it was produced by Ateliers de Construction de Motocycles et Automobiles (ACMA), who were licensed assemblers of Vespa scooters in France at the time.

The modifications that made it different from a standard civilian Vespa included a reinforced frame and a giant recoilless rifle mounted to the scooter. The rifle was a U.S. made anti-armour cannon which was capable of penetrating 100mm of armour

The scooters would be dropped via parachute in pairs, accompanied by a two-man team. One man would drive the gun scooter, and another had a scooter loaded with ammo. Due to a lack of aiming devices on the rifle, it was never designed to be fired from the scooter, and instead mounted to a tripod before being fired.

Lipstick Pistol

The Lipstick Pistol, also known as the Kiss of Death was a pistol used by the KGB during the Cold War. It was a single shot 4.5mm pistol which was hidden inside a lipstick holder.

An example of the Kiss of Death was found in West Berlin at an American checkpoint, and is now being held at the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. The Kiss of Death was also used throughout the game Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater by EVA, with creators Konami initially wishing to use several, real-life spy gadgets in the game, but ended up dropping them all except this one.

Apache Revolver

The Apache Revolver is somewhat a Swiss Army knife of the gun world, which incorporates knuckledusters, a knife and a gun all in one neat little package.

Apache Revolver, folds out to incorporate knuckle duster and knife.

The Apache is named after the gang who famously used it, Les Apaches, who were a criminal subculture of the early 20th century. First designed in 1860, the Apache operates on the principle of a pepperbox revolver which used a pinfire cartridge, with the fold-over knuckle duster forming the grip and a dual-edged blade extended in front like a sort of bayonet.

Due to a lack of barrel, the Apache was not very accurate, but could neatly fold up into a concealable package and proved to be very deadly at close range.

Bat Bomb

An experimental World War II weapon developed by the United States, the Bat Bomb consisted of a bomb casing which contained over a thousand compartments, which each contained a hibernating Mexican Free-tailed Bat who was attached with a small incendiary bomb.

The casing would be dropped from a bomber at dawn, a parachute would deploy from the casing mid-flight and open to release the fiery bats of hell who would then roost in the eaves of houses within a 20-40-mile radius. These would then start fires in inaccessible places, wreaking havoc within the drop city.

Surprisingly, the Bat Bomb was never used, after a series of failed tests. In one test, bats were accidentally released and ended up roosting under a fuel tank in an airfield… You can imagine the rest!

Cat Spy

Not necessarily a weapon, but Operation Acoustic Kitty cost the CIA $20 million in in the 1960’s (roughly $161 million in today’s money) intended to use cats as to spy on Kremlin and Soviet embassies.

Surgically enhanced with a microphone in the ear canal, a radio transmitter at the base of the skull and a thin wire in the fur, the cat could record and transmit sounds from its surroundings. Perfect, right?

Sadly, not… First off, the CIA had issues controlling the cats hunger, where it would stray off looking for food in initial tests. This was addressed, which then led to the first real mission, which was to spy on two men in a park outside the Soviet compound on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C.

The cat was released nearby, and almost instantly hit by a passing taxi, killing the poor kitty and rendering the mission an absolute failure. The project was later cancelled in 1967, after it was deemed impractical for real world application.

Thankfully, things have advanced over the years and leaves us with the quality technology we have today. If you are looking to pick yourself up one of our advanced air guns for sale, why not take a look at the selection on our website or come and visit us in store?

 

Apache Revolver image courtesy of Michele M. F. on Flickr, under Creative Commons

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