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Indian Tomahawks
Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/19/2018 | F Jardim

Posted on 10/19/2018 5:01:39 AM PDT by w1n1

Flintlocks weren't the only weapon at the disposal of early American settlers – Indian tomahawks had a place and were even part of Revolutionary War soldiers' fighting kit.
Tomahawks were general-purpose tools used by Native Americans and European colonials alike, and often employed as a hand-to-hand or a thrown weapon.

I have always loved tomahawks. I got my first one 30 years ago. Dixie Gun Works had a sale on hand-forged heads for the ridiculously low price of $6, as I recall. I bought one and fitted a sturdy hardwood handle to it.
It is no work of art, but it does look like something you’d expect a frontier blacksmith to have hammered out in 1730.

You can’t get too much more American than the tomahawk unless you’re eating apple pie at a baseball game. The name itself has its origins in the language of the Algonquian Indians as interpreted by the ears of the early English colonists, John Smith of Pocahontas fame among them.
The colonists identified the word with their own iron-headed hatchets, but exactly what the Indians meant by it in the early 1600s is hard to pin down with certainty.

With the outbreak of the American Revolution, the Continental Congress specified that patriots answering the call to arms equip with either a tomahawk or sword in addition to a musket.
Of the two weapons, the tomahawk is the more savage and frightening, capable of delivering grievous, deep, bone splintering wounds. Read the rest of Indian Tomahawk.


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1 posted on 10/19/2018 5:01:39 AM PDT by w1n1
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To: w1n1

Mel Gibson approves.


2 posted on 10/19/2018 5:07:09 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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To: w1n1

IIRC no less of an authority on CQB than the legendary Fairbairn said the tomahawk was the ultimate hand to hand weapon


3 posted on 10/19/2018 5:14:28 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I wonder if Lizzie Warren has one.


4 posted on 10/19/2018 5:20:10 AM PDT by RedwM
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To: ClearCase_guy

“Mel Gibson approves.”

Elizabeth Warren has one on the wall of her tool shed...uses it for yard work.


5 posted on 10/19/2018 5:20:15 AM PDT by moovova
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To: RedwM

Beat me by 5 seconds...


6 posted on 10/19/2018 5:21:03 AM PDT by moovova
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7 posted on 10/19/2018 5:22:27 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn)
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To: w1n1
I've gotta admit though...while kinda scary looking, the modern version could be very useful in a lot of situations.


8 posted on 10/19/2018 5:24:29 AM PDT by moovova
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To: wastoute
The 20th Century tomahawk ...


9 posted on 10/19/2018 5:32:21 AM PDT by BlueLancer (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. (G.K. Chesterton))
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To: BlueLancer

Does the Russian army still train in the use of the entrenching tool as a thrown weapon? Old Soviet footage shows them sharpening the edges and hurling it like a tomahawk into a wood backstop.


10 posted on 10/19/2018 5:54:58 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam. Buy ammo.")
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To: w1n1

One of the first deaths of the American Revolution was wrought by a tomahawk. After the British were pushed back from the North Bridge and retreated towards Concord a militiaman slaughtered and scalped a wounded British soldier.


11 posted on 10/19/2018 6:06:04 AM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard ( Flag burners can go screw -- I'm mighty PROUD of that ragged old flag)
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To: moovova

LOL


12 posted on 10/19/2018 6:06:32 AM PDT by RedwM
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To: moovova

A very up close and personal form of havok.


13 posted on 10/19/2018 6:18:41 AM PDT by Delta 21 (.....been here this long you actually expect me to read the article....)
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To: moovova

"Don't leave home without it!"
14 posted on 10/19/2018 6:19:14 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: ClearCase_guy

This sounds dangerously like cultural appropriation.


15 posted on 10/19/2018 6:24:31 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: elcid1970

Probably.

I have one of these and have chopped a lot of firewood up with it as well as digging. https://www.coldsteel.com/special-forces-shovel2.html


16 posted on 10/19/2018 6:33:52 AM PDT by Manuel OKelley
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To: w1n1

Motto of the early Army Rangers: “Finish them with your tomahawk”.


17 posted on 10/19/2018 6:41:18 AM PDT by jdsteel (Americans are Dreamers too!!)
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To: w1n1
Ed Ames on the Tonight Show.
18 posted on 10/19/2018 6:45:52 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: Manuel OKelley

Love the video: Looks like: “and guess what? you can use it as a shovel, too!”


19 posted on 10/19/2018 6:47:34 AM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: Manuel OKelley

Midway had a sale on these
sometime back and
I got several.
XLNT Hardware!


20 posted on 10/19/2018 6:49:54 AM PDT by Big Red Badger (Despised by the Despicable!)
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