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16th century Korean firearms--LOTSA photos!

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by BerettaNut92, Jan 1, 2003.

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  1. BerettaNut92

    BerettaNut92 Member

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    As seen at the Korean War Memorial, not necessarily invented by Koreans, but on display at the museum and used during the Choson dynasty.


    Korean arrows. Note the message arrow, exploding arrow and fire arrow. Who needs an Estes kit to have a little fun?
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    Cask bombs. Loaded with explosives, one of these launched at you can really ruin your day.
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    A pre-ban crossbow with pistol grip, flash suppressor, bayonet lug, fore-grip and detachable box magazine. Because there is no Sarah Brady in Korea.
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    A primitive tactical SWAT ladder.
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  2. BerettaNut92

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    Some more.


    Primitive art(illery). Note the resemblance of the mortar with modern guided missiles.
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    A towed multiple rocket launching system. This one is loaded with shorter flechettes.
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    Another MRLS, loaded with propelled arrows.
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    NK spy gadgets.
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    All sorts of propelled projectiles. Everything from cannonballs, fire arrows, cask bombs, and an early SCUD rocket.
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    A model of the 'turtle' battleship. The Korean Merrimac of its day.
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    A tutorial on how to disarm and...ahem...control a bad guy
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    Mods and admins, if this is troublesome, I can delete and post link to my site. Let me know if this ends up draining too much bandwidth.
     
  3. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    Wow! Great snap shots. Gotta love that exploding arrow. No Pusan Convention to bar that.
     
  4. AZTOY

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    Skunk

    cool picture thanks:)
     
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    Great Pics!

    Very nice. I love places like that complete with "Mystery Science Theater" type narrations!:D

    Interesting fighting tactics diagram, although going from figure C to D seems to have left out some very important details.

    Good Shooting
    RED
     
  6. 45R

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    Beautiful pictures!!!!!!


    Great Job
     
  7. Blackhawk

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    Glad you popped up for air, Skunk. People been askin' 'bout you.... :D

    Thanks for the pics!
     
  8. Yohan

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    <------ Korean :-D

    I think I've been to that museum before a long time ago.
     
  9. agony

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    Very cool pics, Skunk!

    Makes me want to travel...I love museums!
     
  10. 10-Ring

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    Great pics Jeff! Thanks for sharing. Did you pick up any cool toys while on your travels?
     
  11. Gunner45

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    Very cool. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Gunner45
     
  12. BerettaNut92

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    Skunk 1, Dog 0:
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    Tee hee! [​IMG]

    10-ring, didn't pick up any neat toys. I just packed carryon, so no room for anything. I wasn't planning on doing any buying, just looking. Most of the stuff they sell is cheap knicknacks and junk I don't care for.
     
  13. Maddock

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    Cool pics, thanks.
     
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    One of the things I want to try when I am in Korea is the live squid...

    Cool Pix..
     
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    Skunk:

    Thanks for the great photos! It's been a LONG while since I've seen the stuff!

    It's a little known fact, but medieval Koreans were excellent archers, and made quite effective composite bows (before Sinicization, their culture was more similar to that of Manchus and Mongols than Han Chinese). Beneath the layers of Sinicization, one can see vestiges of nomadic horse culture among Koreans (including their pre-Portuguese introduced chili pepper diet).

    Anyhoo, when Korea was vassalized by the Chinese, the latter often took huge quantities of Korean composite bows as annual tribute (I guess it rarely occurred to the Koreans to shoot at their enemies with the bows rather than hand them over). :)

    Come to think of it, Koreans (their women in particular) do rather well in Olympic archery competitions, often sweeping the top three places.

    Still, when the Japanese invaded during the 16th Century, those nifty bows availed them little against firearm-wielding, battle-hardened Japanese army (though of course, the Koreans possessed excellent artillery, fortifications and splendid navy, not to mention a bunch of screaming monks wielding spears).

    twoblink:
    No need to go all the way there for that!
     
  16. Schuey2002

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    Way to go Skunk. The pics look way cool. Wow, I'd love to get a scale model of that "Turtle Battleship"..

    Ok, I have to ask.. Did you get any pictures of KP Swat, Korean Police headquarters or any shots of the "magless" police?..

    Also, how were the restrooms at the various airports that you passed through?.. You seem to have a thing for restrooms.:)

    Brian,:)
     
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    Skunk, glad to have you back. Hope you enjoyed your trip and thanks for the pics. Very interesting, especially the boat.
     
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    Skunk,
    Is that skunk of yours leaving a trail of what I think it's leaving a trail of? :eek:
    TC
     
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    COOL PICS.:D
     
  20. 4v50 Gary

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    Skunk, what's the story behind that tower (the photo with the skunk in the foreground leaving a trail of feces behind it)?
     
  21. BerettaNut92

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    Those are the walls of Suwon, the most tactical city in Korea.

    It was an old fortress city, but the walls were kept around for posterity, though the city has expanded way beyond the walls (sprawl, bla bla bla).

    You can still walk around the perimeter, and there's a secret entrance, and lots of ports to shoot Mongols, Japanese and North Koreans through.

    An archery range in town:
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    Exit gates (the photo of me was taken on the far side of this photo, the tower there is the one in the poopie photo background):
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    Me looing over the wall to the sprawling city
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  22. BerettaNut92

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    Here's the gates of Seoul

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    And a Korean girl yodeling and playing the accordion. Marry me!!!

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  23. BigG

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    Thanks for the tour. Great photos and captions! :cool:
     
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    Thanks for the photos, the Kimchi pots almost made me homesick for Taegu.
     
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    That rocks!
     
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