A weapon is an item designed to inflict harm to another human being. Almost any object can qualify as a weapon.

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Why don't survivors in the Walking Dead use spears?

In the Walking Dead, a wide variety of both ranged and melee weapons are shown to be used. Drawbacks of either are noted and sometimes influence the plot (guns running out of bullets, risking bites ...
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Is there any evidence to support the popular belief that Elves prefer bows to other weapons?

Judging by the LotR movies, and even by Legolas' actions in the books of The Lord of the Rings, it seems that Elves use bows and arrows far more often than any other weapons. But in The Silmarillion, ...
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Why does Serenity have a cannon in “Serenity”?

In Firefly (episode: train job), Mal gets in a bar fight because he was a Browncoat. He gets thrown out of the bar, and the gang he was fighting follows him. They were about to kill him when Wash ...
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Book where a device allows crowds to be used as weapons

I am trying to track down a book where a device, like a mind control device, allows crowds to be controlled or used as weapons. The device allows the user to channel the crowds energy or emotional ...
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Hypometric Weapons in the Revelation Space Universe

The hypometric weapon shows up in Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space series. Its effect is to delete all matter in some sphere, aimed by the operator. The name "hypometric" is tantalizing, ...
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Oliver Queen's Bow

It is stated on the Arrow Wiki that the bow which Oliver uses has several modifications and that "The new Oneida Kestrel Compound Bow has a device that allows him to pull arrow hook by an ...
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How strong / sharp is Celestial Bronze

In the Percy Jackson universe how Strong/Sharp is celestial bronze compared to mortal weapons? And is there a in universe example?
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Did the dwarves in The Hobbit carry non-magical weapons before they got to The Lonely Mountain?

In Tolkien's book The Hobbit, is there any direct indication that the dwarves carried or used any weapons such as swords or axes before they found Orcrist, Glamdring and Sting? Or for that matter, at ...
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Title and author of early 50s story about ray guns versus bang sound of gun or hammer

Trying to identify a science fiction short story I read in the early 50s. The essence of the plot was that silent ray guns were not effective against the aliens but the bang of an old fashioned gun ...
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30's story about space war: Earth ship destroys enemy planet with weapon, only to return to find Earth destroyed by the enemy with the same weapon

Looking for 1930's short story about space war where Earth ship destroys enemy planet, only to return to find Earth destroyed by the enemy with the same weapon. The gist of the story was the debate on ...
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Is Needle’s portrayal in Game of Thrones faithful to the books? (And is it a shortsword?)

In Game of Thrones on TV, is Arya's sword Needle portrayed faithfully to the books? And would it be classified as a shortsword?
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What werewolf hunter uses this equipment (crossbow and hat)?

Science Fiction Stack Exchange and some other Stack Exchange sites are currently running a game called the "Winter bash" where users can earn "hats", overlay images they can add to their user avatar. ...
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How do Projectile and Las weapons work on shields in Dune?

I'm reading through Dune right now and I'm a bit confused on the specifics of the weaponry in the book. It never seems to go into great detail and it makes some of the action scenes a bit hard to ...
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What is the weapon that Yondu wields in Guardians of the Galaxy?

In Guardians of the Galaxy, Yondu is seen using a floating arrow as a weapon which he controls by whistling. This arrow is shown to be extremely powerful as it kills a whole squad of soldiers, ...
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What work of science-fiction first introduced the concept of “Glassing” or Alpha-Striking a planet?

From the Halo Wiki: The term glassing, also known as plasma bombardment, is used to refer to the act by which Covenant ships bombard a planet from orbit using heavy plasma weaponry. This ...
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Would putting a grenade down the barrel of the tank really blow up the cockpit? [closed]

In The Walking Dead, S4E8: Too Far Gone, Daryl takes a grenade and tosses it down the barrel of a tank. After a few seconds when you hear it bouncing around, some people abandon the cockpit and then ...
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Are the shields and hull of the USS Enterprise-D capable of withstanding a direct nuclear strike?

I'm watching the season two episode of TOS "Patterns of Force" where a nuclear missile is on an intercept course with the Enterprise, but is destroyed by the ship's weapons. This got me thinking as to ...
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Why did Beleg choose the sword, Anglachel, to wield in his quest for Turin?

When Beleg asked Thingol to let him go find Turin, Thingol let him take any sword in the realm (save his own). Beleg chooses Anglachel, although there were probably plenty of nice Elven swords to ...
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ID for short story about man using telekinetic remote viewer to wage war on alien planet

I'm trying to ID a story I read in the local library the early 70's when first getting into SF. I'm pretty sure it was a short story in a collection, but can't rule out it being part of a longer ...
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Scifi short story where all citizens are armed (golden age)?

Trying to identify a scifi short story, possibly from the golden age, where all citizens carry sidearm weapons. Everyone is super-polite because it is legal and accepted to challenge another citizen ...
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Why are starships in Star Trek so slow to retaliate when fired upon in battle?

This question is with respect to starships battles in Star Trek TNG and DS9. In many episodes, the Enterprise (or other Federation starship) is fired upon, but they don't retaliate quickly enough. ...
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How do Vipers acquire targets?

Viper pilots don't seem to have any means of targeting Cylon raiders. In this artist's rendition we see four main components: The top sweeper, which is probably a short-distance radar Center screen, ...
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Size and shape aside, how do the Federation Type-I and Type-II Hand-phasers compare to each other?

The Star Trek franchise employed several styles of Hand-phasers. Star Trek Alpha did not go into details in regards to the amount of shots (clip size) or if the newer models had evolved into more ...
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What was the weapon Lord Voldemort was after in OotP?

In OotP, when Harry first arrives at the Blacks house, Sirius mentions to him that Lord Voldemort is after a very powerful weapon that he did not have the last time. 'What's he [Voldemort] after ...
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How do the Ghostbusters afford their Ghostbusting apparel?

I know that Ray remortgaged his parents' house to afford everything - renting the fire house, the car… 4 Cyclotron particle accelerators! How does one man afford all that? What does ...
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Film or book trilogy about sentient weapons

I realize this is a somewhat vague question, but I'm working off 20-year-old memories here. Back around 1980 there were three movies released which featured sentient, or at least living, weapons. I ...
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Was the idea of a tidal dislocation weapon ever suggested in SciFi? [closed]

In an intense and non uniform gravity field, the various parts of a moving body tend to follow different trajectories, and will unless the whole structure is tied strongly enough to prevent flying ...
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What alien was forced to control that superweapon?

Some Enterprise ep had an alien I remember was forced (and kidnapped?) to command a system with their mental abilities, strapped and trapped in a chair looking dead in control. If it helps, if i ...
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Is it the lawgiver or the ammunition that is special?

The Judges of Megacity-One use the iconic Lawgiver pistol to hand out justice. More than just a standard sidearm the Lawgiver can fire multiple types of ammunition. But the magazine it uses appears ...
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Is the Death Star the only weapon of mass destruction?

Maybe my knowledge is short on this, but I have seen Light Sabers, laser guns, some fancy torpedoes against star ships, archaic weapons, but not a single weapon of mass destruction, even on dark side, ...
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When someone tries to fire Roland's pistol he nearly breaks his arm. Just what exactly does the book mean when it says “pistol”?

In the Dark Tower by Stephen King, Roland has a pistol. It is described as being quite powerful, and having an enormous kickback to the extent of nearly breaking someone's arm when he tries to fire ...
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What did Numenorean swords / Andúril look like?

I was wondering what Andúril looks like, and I know that distinctive look John Howe gives it, with the holes on the ends. As far as I remember, John Howe wrote in his site that all Numenorean ...
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Identification of a short story with a sentient weapon

I am searching for the title of short story I have read several years ago. I think it was included in one of the Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories (or maybe some Nebula or Hugo short stories ...
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What does Gimli's axe look like?

Does Gimli have a single-sided or a double-sided axe? (Please answer only with quotes from the Lord of the Rings or other Tolkien books, I've done enough speculation myself.)
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Where did Hellboy get the hand gun Hellboy calls the “Samaritan”?

How big is the hand cannon Hellboy calls the Samaritan? He uses an arsenal of weapons in the franchise, but his personal favorite seems to be the Samaritan. Where did he get it and what caliber shell ...
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How were the original Star Trek phasers holstered without a belt or a pocket?

In the begining, phasers just sort of hung there on the crew members hip until they reached for it. Granted, there were times when they wore belts with holsters for the weapons, but sometimes the ...
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How is the Ogier Loial able to drive back the shadowspawn?

Since joining Rand, Loial has shown the ability to fight and drive back shadowspawn such as Trollocs and Myrddraal. It is known that Ogier are peaceful creatures and are not used to weapons. I've seen ...
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AG-2G Quad Laser Cannon Technical Details

I've found lots of generic details about the weapon system, but no specific technical information. I'd like to know specifics like height, width, length, weight, power needed, firing rate, and so on. ...
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Laser Cannon on YT-1300

Does the standard laser cannon from the YT-1300 have the ability to be remotely controlled from the cockpit? I know that the AG-2G quad laser cannons were wired to support pilot control. But, did the ...
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Why didn't the Jedi carry shields?

The Jedi used lightsabers mainly to repel projectiles, but, in my opinion, this would be better job for a shield. A "lightshield" as the Jedi are stylized futuristic paladins. A lightsaber seemed a ...
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alien race gives us the ultimate weapon “for good and evil” which works both ways - probably 1950s

In this movie, an alien race gives mankind an "ultimate weapon". It's a small capsule-shaped thing which, when activated, kills everybody within some large radius. One scientist offers to test it on a ...
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What Kind of Weapon Do the Giants Use In The Film 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2'?

What kind of weapon do the giants use in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2? I thought at first the weapon might be a scythe, but it's clearly not. It's like half a circle of ...
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Why are nuclear weapons rare in the Star Wars universe?

I am reading the book Darth Plagueis, and when an assassination attempt is made on him by use of a nuclear bomb, the book states that nuclear weapons are scarcely available. I searched briefly but ...
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Do the four brothers in TMNT train in other weapons?

So I've been watching a lot of the 2003 TMNT cartoon, and I've noticed that whilst they claim to be ninjas they only seem to use their own iconic weapons. Is there any evidence that they train with ...
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What are the limits to the magical knives in Supernatural?

There are two kinds of magical knives that we've seen in supernatural so far: 'Ruby's knife' the magical demon killing knife Angel Knives which kills angels. It seems from what I can recall Ruby's ...
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Who're the 5 beings Samuel Colt's gun couldn't kill?

In the supernatural series, we find out about 'The Colt', a special gun, as John Winschester puts it: John WinchesterBack in 1835, when Halley's Comet was overhead, same night those men died at ...
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What does “anti-midian” mean for Hellsing's Victoria Seras' signature weapon Harkonnen?

Hellsing ARMS Anti-Midian Cannon 'Harkonnen'. What does "Anti-Midian" mean?
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Is there any consistency to the swords Finn wields?

Whilst watching one of the Adventure time, season three episodes, I recognised that Finn had a pretty cool sword I thought I'd never seen before. I thought to myself: My what a cool sword! The ...
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Book about a killer planet where only plastic weapons can be used

I'm looking for a book I read as a kid in high school. All I remember of it is: 2 characters (possibly male and female) travel to a "killer" planet where no metal can be present so take only plastic ...
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Are batarangs aerodynamic enough to fly?

There some pretty funky batarang designs: Are any of these, or batman's other designs actually aerodynamic? Is there a replica that can be thrown like batman does, not just as an odd-shaped ...