Some of you scoffed when I showed you the knife pistols (badass short range dueling weapons) that I designed in high school. Well, scoff no more--long before our time, real life beat me to it
. These don't look half as cool as the gunkata-themed ones I designed, which had rubber grips, a small basket hilt extending from the trigger guard, and a wide blade for parrying blows, but they were probably far more effective than mine ever would have been.
Particularly of note is the French Apache revolver
(Dolne Brevete), which was simultaneously a handgun, a switchblade, and
a brass knuckle. Needless to say, it looks ridiculous.
Also: the most awesome duel in the history of duels
was fought in 1808 by two French noblemen with blunderbusses in hot air balloons. Sources are remarkably silent on the possibility that the loser, upon descent, was eaten by a giant fish