This was just one of the cool things I saw on Friday:
I don't know why, but this exhibit just spoke to me. No idea why... Well, maybe just a little...
I think it's a shame that the bayonet has fallen out of style. I understand it, in the same vein as mounted cavalry of course; this is a tactic whose time has passed, supplanted by newer and more exotic technology that has rendered it moot. I'm sure the knights in their armor felt the same way watching the first cannon being wheeled onto the battle field. While their swords served their purpose, they were no longer the main weapon of choice.
I've always wondered about the clash of technologies. Being used to hand-to-hand combat and suddenly being felled by an arrow. Rifles using metallic cartridges being used to devastating effect against muskets that could at best be fired three times a minute on the battlefield. The first soldiers to come up against a Predator drone.
Science fiction is replete with energy weapons: lasers, phasers, light sabers, etc. From the elusive rail gun that utilizes electromagnetic repulsion to launch projectiles at incredible velocities to the fanciful proton torpedoes of Star Trek, we're always thinking of new ways to kill more of us faster and further away. The time may very well come when we look at firearms in much the same way as we look at bayonets now - still dangerous, of course, but from a different time.
Personally, I want my disruptor now...
That is all.