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Points of Divergence : Small arms, armour and equipment

Points of divergence dealing with alternate developments of various personal weapons. Entries in all of the POD sections are sorted as chronologically as possible.

General discussions

Melee small arms

Projectile small arms : Mechanical

The bow and arrow never develops

Alternate projectile weapons

Plausibility check: Bows in use by the time humanity starts spreading from Africa

What makes the crossbow so powerful ?

Effects of crossbows on armies if they were around in 250 BC ?

Plausibility check: Performance of heavy repeating crossbows

Plausibility check: Romans inventing the repeating crossbow ?

AHC/WI: Heian period Japanese warriors focused on the crossbows instead of mounted archery

Plausibility check: Native Americans developing crossbows (and their spread in the New World)

Heian period Japanese warriors focused on crossbows instead of mounted archery

Challenge: Great global empires created by conquests without guns and explosives

High and Late Middle Ages warfare without gunpowder weaponry

Plausibility check: Rifled arrows ?

WI the magazine-fed bow had been invented in the Middle Ages ?

Impact of early development of the compound bow ?

Plausibility check: European repeating crossbows ?

Plausibility check: Earlier Pike and Shot with crossbows ?

How good can you make a crossbow?

Where was European military doctrine headed if not for the introduction of gunpowder?

If the longbow was considered an outdated weapon by the 16th century, then why did the Mary Rose sink with 250 of them?

Longest continued use of the longbow possible ?

Better Aztec bows

Was archery abandoned too soon ?

Challenge: The Bow and Arrow survives

Challenge: Timeline with technology where bows remain the preferred projectile weapons

Military Tactics Without Gunpowder

Plausibility check: Coconut-based grenades/bombs in warfare ?

Challenge: American frontiersmen use longbows as well as muskets/rifles

Pneumatic weapons in a world without gunpowder ?

Longbows in the Peninsular Campaign

Bows and Arrows in the American Civil War

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Projectile small arms : Firearms

Alternate projectile weapons

An alternative technology to guns ?

Plausibility check: Wooden guns

Weirdest plausible firearms

Flintlocks and Roman legions

Pluasibility check: Nerf guns in a way that 19th century military technology will be lagging behind

Could the modern world have developed without gunpowder?

Military Tactics Without Gunpowder

WI Europe rejects gunpowder ?

What would colonization of the New World without gunpowder look like ?

Alternate muskets

No Colt revolver

American Civil War with cartridge rifles

Plausibility check/Challenge: A more widespread Gatling Gun, specifically in Europe

WI: The British chose another rifle over the Martini-Henry

Minié ball not invented earlier

WI: Amerindian guncotton

Automatic Rifles from 1890

Plausibility check: Repeating rifles with pump/slide-action instead of bolt-action ?

Plausibility check: Earliest invention and deployment of a fully-automatic machine gun

WI: No M1911 semi-auto pistol ?

Was the .45 ACP M1911 inevitable ?

WI Goddard "Bazooka" in WWI ?

Dunlop John, or the British Bazooka

Challenge: A British WWII assault rifle

Best possible SMG with 1943 technology ?

Post-WWII Czechoslovak arms industry if it remains non-communist

No AK-47

WI: Main battle rifles upgraded and mass-produced to this day

The British adopt the EM-2 assault rifle

WI: 7 x 44mm NATO cartridge

WI the US military retains the M-14 rifle ? (1)

WI the US military retains the M-14 rifle ? (2)

WI the US adopted the FN FAL ?

SIG 226 beating out the Beretta 92 as the US service pistol

ASB WI: "Guns of the..." firearm ISOT

ASB WI: Guns fail

The future of the AK-47 ?

Various alternate and fantasy firearm ideas

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Body armour

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pods/small_arms_body_armour_and_equipment.txt · Last modified: 2021/02/22 20:23 by petike