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how come the military doesnt use swords?

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TheBladeMan235 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
i seen katanas slice TANKS in half. guns are cool, but not as good as sowrds/
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:iconkit-kat-ari:
kit-kat-ari Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
guns don't blow up. rule of cool, man
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:iconyangfeili:
yangfeili Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
In the Battletech universe, they use swords and halberds to board and defend spaceships due to the risk of damaging fragile systems with stray shots from projectile weapons.
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Rasec-Wizzlbang Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cause gunz
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SlimT Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
as badass as it would be to have some chubby smaurai hacking his way through metal tanks, braided hair blowing in the wind as he deflected bullets and blood spattered across his mask....modern military simply isn't set up for it. even an argument could be made that swords have a place in the military we just don't roll that way.

a better question would be why did we ever move away from swords and towards guns. when we first started using them they were as likely to kill you as the other guy, and not even close to as accurate as a bow. the power i would guess was only marginally better if at all, but considering both could get the job done under any circumstance provided they connected the bows are vastly superior.

now a modern m16 i can understand being chosen over a sword. but a damn 1200's pistol over any other weapon? i just don't understand it.
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Lord-Meire Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The move to firearms was related to morale, the effect that a regiment of hand-cannoneers could have on the average-medieval-Joe was devastating. Most people had never even heard of gunpowder, a handful of shots was all it took to rout half the opposing army. Not to mention the effect it had on cavalry, even warhorses can be flighty if they don't know what to expect.
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Unvalanced Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
They also required significantly less training. The British longbow, far superior to guns for a -very- long time after the introduction of guns, fell out of use because it required daily training.
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:iconlord-meire:
Lord-Meire Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's just icing on the chocolate cake of victory.
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:iconslimt:
SlimT Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
that makes sense.
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:iconrobstrand:
RobStrand Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Swords serve more of a ceremonial porous. In Calvary units it customary to wear a stetson, spurs and a sword.
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:iconjackmolotov3:
JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
damn skippy
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mystichuntress Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Because there are guns now. And guns are faster than swords - you can kill your enemy at long distance..
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well serious question or not - here's a serious and simple answer: Technology evolves over time and that includes what is used as weapons. Why use a weapon that requires you get get within just feet of a dangerous enemy for it to have any affect when you can blast them from a kilometer away with one of these :gun:

Go back to medievel times and I'm sure no-one asked "why are we using swords? why not just beat them to death with sticks" :slow:
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:iconsmoppet:
Smoppet Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
And then everyone in the military died.
The end.
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What kind of katana are you talking about? I'm pretty sure it's impossible to do something like that unless its in some cartoon or movie. Also, a soldier armed with a modern assault rifle can gun down someone with a sword before they ever get close to cutting them.
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A penis would be the most effective weapon of all. Whip one out and the enemies will turn heels and run screaming for censorship and political correctness.
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esnym Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Digital Artist
remember that part in indiana jones where the guy starts waving the sword in indy's face and swirling it around? And then indy whips out his pistol and shoots the guy?


That's why. No one wants to be the guy with the sword.
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:iconragerancher:
Ragerancher Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
They do [link]
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:iconzodiacgal:
zodiacgal Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:iconidontknowplz: Maybe it's cause guns can be used farther away from your opponent?
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:icondutchconnaisseur:
DutchConnaisseur Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Watch less Star Wars, yougling.
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:iconmeanus:
meanus Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
spears are better...ask those naked guys in 300
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davidfielding3832 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Writer
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:iconmpsai:
MPsai Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Katanas can also stop bullets, every anime and Kurosawa film ever has taught me this.
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:iconlytrigian:
Lytrigian Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Anime contains nothing but the truth. Katanas in the hands of 15 year old schoolgirls are the most dangerous things possible. They've been known to deflect ICBMs.
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:iconrobstrand:
RobStrand Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
When beheaded we spray gallons upon gallons of blood.
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:iconladyzelda1:
LadyZelda1 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
They do to a degree. They use Wilkinson-Sword razor blades.
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:iconsplittercore:
Splittercore Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Modern technology has rendered them obsolete.
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:iconself-epidemic:
Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You've been watching too many animes.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Real life doesn't work like a cartoon. Magic isn't real. Santa rapes his reindeer. Etc....
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Somnusvorus Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Politics = is the way how a country is governed.
Military = an organisation that defends its country with lethal force.

Big difference. Talking about this is nothing to do with politics.

Also, there is no psychical way in real life for a katana or other blades to slice through a tank with just human power alone. A katana would dull after a few hits of cutting through bone.A combat knife is more efficient in close combat, but guns are faster.

Anime tends to exaggerate everything. Katana can not slice through tanks. It's like using a glass hammer. Nice to look at, but useless.
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
they've not
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:iconzazill:
Zazill Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would be too Bad ass now a days if you could survive wielding one :plotting:
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:iconendeavor-to-freefall:
Knives are more useful.
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:iconabcat:
AbCat Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Writer
"i seen katanas slice TANKS in half"

Fishtanks?
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Kimihro Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It would be awesome, but they'd need a slew of new technologies that ensure that our swordsmen wouldn't be taken out before they fight.

And even then, that new technology would be used for gunmen.
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Cenaris Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Because
1)Japanese steel is really quite weak compared to other swords and can't slice much more than straw and bone.
2)THe other sword will always bring all the guns in the world to a sword fight.
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EnuoCale Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
>Implying they could win swordfights with arabs.
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:iconkeydan:
Keydan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
In cold weapon defense - many still use short swords and/or daggers. But combat knifes are more common.
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anamusingalias Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Because that would be too awesome.
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narutokunobessed Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Zombie apocolypse Panel at Fanime. They talked about the real life situation if you were to be a zombie and one of the weapons is katana. Its sharp, but you have to keep sharping as I recall. Good luck cutting more then one.
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:iconcammieobscura:
CammieObscura Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
They do use swords, but only for dress. I think the last time they used them was in the charge up San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt.
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:icontehbigd:
tehbigd Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Don't bring a knife to a gunfight.
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:icondebit:
Debit Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pre-industrial age weapons and horsemanship take years to learn and to train others.
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:iconpakaku:
Pakaku Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Because I can shoot you from a mile away
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:iconieighton:
Ieighton Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
why didn't light just write hitler's name in the death note book to end the war and stop the holocaust XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
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:iconkhirate:
Khirate Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why doesn't the military use bricks? I've seen those smash skulls wide open. :lol:
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:iconagent-sarah:
Agent-Sarah Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A cannon shooting bricks will send everyone running if that was made.
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:iconorangekrissy:
OrangeKrissy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
They have a substitute for bricks - metal exploding balls called grapeshot.
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:iconkhirate:
Khirate Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes. :iconhurrplz:
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:iconrockstar1009:
rockstar1009 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Because Mitt Romney lost the election and we don't have to spend unnecessary money on bayonets? :meow:
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:iconmgonzales041090:
mgonzales041090 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Because the nature of our military has changed. We also have fewer horses and bayonets.
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