"Chilling footage appears to show giant Bigfoot wandering through British woodland for the first time" was the headline in The Sun (link provided as evidence, but please don't give that rag any advertising revenue).
I mean, what were the chances? The first time Bigfoot takes a stroll in the British woods, and a camera was there to record it. I reckon her agent must have tipped off the paparazzi
I don't know about the specimen in the photo, but yes - there were such weapons. It seems there was a fad among armorers around the 15th / 16th centuries for 'combination weapons' incorporating some form of flintlock firearm capability. A stabbing blade capability evolved into the bayonet on long guns. The axe blade version was most often seen on shorter pieces as small as flintlock pistols.
I've seen them called 'axe guns', 'axe muskets', and a variety of other labels. I'm not sure there's a commonly agreed name for the category.
Such items continued to be produced (as serious weapons) at least as late as the 18th century.
They were allegedly popular at sea as close-quarter weapons when boarding an adversary vessel (or repelling boarders). Owing to this maritime connection, you'll sometimes find them referred to as 'boarding axes' or 'boarding guns'.
It would seem combination weapons of this sort have enjoyed a resurgence among (e.g.) war-gamers, so the number of modern knock-offs probably already exceeds the number of original / historical ones.
I don't know about the specimen in the photo, but yes - there were such weapons. It seems there was a fad among armorers around the 15th / 16th centuries for 'combination weapons' incorporating some form of flintlock firearm capability.
Unfortunately I can't work out how to copy the photo from chrome, but please Google 'apache pistol' for the definitive generic dagger, knuckleduster and revolver combination. Confusingly the weapon has no connection with the native American tribe, but takes its name from a parisian Street gang. In earlier years the firearm/edged weapon design was to upgrade a discharged weapon from a club and to mitigate the vulnerability of the user, whenever a misfire occurred.
As you can probably imagine, I spent far too many decades reading books about weapons and visiting esoteric museums.
In a letter to his friend, one of Britain’s most infamous criminals has revealed that he’s feeling broody. But, seeing as he’s a notoriously violent prisoner, and has never been permitted conjugal visits at Wakefield jail, West Yorkshire, he wants hunky Hollywood actor Tom Hardy to impregnate his soon-to-be wife Paula Williamson.