Gunstock War Club - 16th Century American Indians
One of the truths of close quarter combat is that a rifle, shotgun or musket can be an improvised club in the absence of suitable ammunition or a bayonet. It's also true that an 8-10 lb. rifle, grasped by its long barrel and swung with both hands hits like a freight train.
American Indians in the early sixteenth century observed these facts and wasted no time in fashioning their own gunstock war clubs. These were made of specially chosen straight grain hard woods like Maple, Ash, Oak, Hickory or Hornbeam and weighed from two to three pounds. They hit with remarkable force and proved to be extremely lethal weapons as their hitting power was often enhanced by the addition of a short lance point or one or more knife blades. In fact, the Gunstock war club became so popular it soon migrated West to the Great Plains and even the Pacific coast where it endured as a weapon clear into the 1880’s and as a ceremonial and dance weapon to this very day.
While there are a fascinating variety of historical examples we could have reproduced, ours was custom designed by blade smith Rich Mc Donald. He incorporated all the best features from our favourite clubs including the ridged centerline, a short lance point, and the classic “Fawn’s Foot” handle.
To avoid the risk of cross grain breakage, we have abandoned the traditional hardwoods in favour of Polypropylene. As you may know, this material is highly resistant to shock and is practically unbreakable making it particularly suitable for use in this weapon. And as an added bonus, this material is highly resistant to the elements and won’t warp, rot, shrink crack or splinter the way wood does.
For those interested in re-enacting various periods of our frontier history, we have given our weapon a very realistic wood grain finish. This means you can easily customise your club with “cut outs”, brass studs, tacks, feathers, horse hair falls or the paint of your choice.
|Steel||1055 Carbon w/Black Oxide Finish|
|Club Details||3"/7.6cm Tall Steel Blade|
|Country of Origin||Taiwan|
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Reviewer: Osric Odinsson from Dorset
The Gunstock War Club in my opinion is one of the best close quarter combat weapons I have ever come across, next to the Cutlass or Tomahawk (Norse, Native American or Trench). In the Polypropylene it is extremely tough and lightweight, while still having enough heft to shatter almost anything it hits. Bring the 1055 Carbon Steel point into play, and it''s game over. The only problem is that''s as it''s "plastic", in bare hands, it may slip due to sweat, I suggest wrapping the handle, or good gloves ;) I had this product purchased for me by a good friend in the States, to be shipped here in the UK and there were absolutely no issues. Very pleased, I WILL be ordering something myself!