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One problem with fighting enemies who are on horseback is that it’s hard to get a solid blow in when your opponent is higher than you. One invention that was used to help even the playing field was the fearsome man catcher.The man catcher consists of a hoop with spikes around the inside. Man catchers were used to snag riders around the neck and drag them off of their horses, making them easier to kill. The device saw its fair share of use during the wars of the 1500s.

One problem with fighting enemies who are on horseback is that it’s hard to get a solid blow in when your opponent is higher than you. One invention that was used to help even the playing field was the fearsome man catcher.The man catcher consists of a hoop with spikes around the inside. Man catchers were used to snag riders around the neck and drag them off of their horses, making them easier to kill. The device saw its fair share of use during the wars of the 1500s.

Three American Hanger Swords | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Three American Hanger Swords | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

German Anti-Tank Rifle WW1 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!  We saw one of these recently at the Fort Garry Horse regimental museum.

German Anti-Tank Rifle WW1 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! We saw one of these recently at the Fort Garry Horse regimental museum.

Ira Hayes (Chief Falling Cloud), Pima Native American Hero who helped raise the American flag at Iwo Jima - Arlington National Cemetery. Photo by Tony Fischer

Ira Hayes (Chief Falling Cloud), Pima Native American Hero who helped raise the American flag at Iwo Jima - Arlington National Cemetery. Photo by Tony Fischer

Saber (Tulwar) with Scabbard Date: blade, dated 1673; hilt, 19th century Culture: Indian Medium: Steel, silver, diamonds, enamel, leather Dimensions: Blade length, 31 1/2 in. (80.01 cm) Classification: Swords Credit Line: Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935 Accession Number: 36.25.1591a, b

Saber (Tulwar) with Scabbard Date: blade, dated 1673; hilt, 19th century Culture: Indian Medium: Steel, silver, diamonds, enamel, leather Dimensions: Blade length, 31 1/2 in. (80.01 cm) Classification: Swords Credit Line: Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935 Accession Number: 36.25.1591a, b

Congressional Presentation Sword and Scabbard of Major General John E. Wool (1784–1869)

Congressional Presentation Sword and Scabbard of Major General John E. Wool (1784–1869)

Mirror with Handle in the Form of a Hathor Emblem   Period: New Kingdom Dynasty: Dynasty 18 Reign: reign of Thutmose III Date: ca. 1479–1425 B.C. Geography: Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III, Wadi D, Tomb 1. Met Museum.

Mirror with Handle in the Form of a Hathor Emblem Period: New Kingdom Dynasty: Dynasty 18 Reign: reign of Thutmose III Date: ca. 1479–1425 B.C. Geography: Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III, Wadi D, Tomb 1. Met Museum.

Armadura de Luis I como príncipe de Asturias - España - Siglo XVIII

Armadura de Luis I como príncipe de Asturias - España - Siglo XVIII

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