Weapon Masters

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  • 2007
  • 1 Season
  • 7.4  (62)

Weapon Masters is an exciting television show that aired on the Military Channel for one season in 2008. The show follows three expert craftsmen, Chad Houseknecht, Mike Loades, and Ed Mantell as they delve into the history and craftsmanship of some of the world's most legendary weapons.

Each episode of the show features a different weapon, such as the samurai sword, the longbow, or the Viking axe. The craftsmen begin by exploring the weapon's historical significance, tracing its origins and examining how it was used in battle.

Next, they visit a range to test the weapon's capabilities, revealing just how deadly it can be in the hands of a skilled warrior. They also take a close look at the weapon's design, breaking it down into its individual components and examining each one in detail.

Of course, the highlight of each episode is the craftsmanship itself. Using traditional techniques and tools, Chad, Mike, and Ed set out to recreate the weapon from scratch. For many of the weapons, this involves starting with raw materials like steel and wood and shaping them by hand into the correct form.

Along the way, they face many challenges that demonstrate just how difficult it can be to create such legendary weapons. For example, it might be difficult to find the right type of wood for a particular weapon, or the craftsmen might need to experiment with different techniques to achieve the desired result.

As the weapon takes shape, viewers get a real sense of the skill and dedication required to create such a masterpiece. In many cases, the weapon takes weeks or even months to complete, with Chad, Mike, and Ed putting in long hours of work to get every detail just right.

Finally, once the weapon is complete, it is put to the ultimate test. The craftsmen take their creations to the range to see how they perform in combat conditions. This testing is not just for show - it is a true testament to the quality of the weapons they have created.

Overall, Weapon Masters is a fascinating show that offers a unique glimpse into the world of legendary weapons. With its mix of history, craftsmanship, and combat testing, the show is sure to appeal to history buffs, weapon enthusiasts, and anyone who appreciates the beauty and deadly potential of a well-crafted weapon.

Weapon Masters is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on November 24, 2007.

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Chariot Bow
10. Chariot Bow
June 18, 2008
The Chariot Bow was the decisive weapon of the Egyptians, designed to be used from the crammed, unstable chariot. In the strung position, this bow resembled a triangle; when drawn, it transforms into to a perfect arc.
9. Chakram
June 11, 2008
The Chakram is an ancient Indian throwing weapon shaped like a ring with razor sharp cutting edges. This seemingly simple weapon had amazing aerodynamics. Mike travels to India to witness Chakrams wielded by hundreds of warriors on horses and elephants.
8. Rockets
May 21, 2008
What made this cast iron, 26-pound, Civil war rocket revolutionary was its spin. By diverting some of the rocket's thrust to create spin, the Hale took advantage of the simple idea of gyroscopic force, improving both range and accuracy.
7. Blowpipe
May 14, 2008
Dating back to the beginning of mankind, the blowpipe is still used for every day survival in the depths of the Amazon.
Repeating Crossbow
6. Repeating Crossbow
April 23, 2008
Chad and Mike go back in time to Beijing 1899 - the time of the boxer rebellion to see the machine gun of the ancient world, the Chinese repeating crossbow in action.
5. Atlatl
April 9, 2008
This spear throwing device pre-dates the bow, and was used by Native Americans as their main defense against the Spanish conquistadores.
Dueling Pistols
4. Dueling Pistols
April 2, 2008
Used by 18th century gents to settle arguments, this weapon is all about beating your enemy to the draw - reducing the amount of time between thought and action.
3. Katana
December 31, 2007
This centuries old iconic Japanese sword is the ultimate fighting weapon. The heart of the Katana is its folded steel composite construction providing strength, sharpness and flexibility. Mike & Chad venture to Japan to meet a master sword smith.
Greek Fire
2. Greek Fire
December 29, 2007
Chad and Mike get volatile attempting to squirt Greek Fire from the world's first flame thrower. Bigger gas tanks, increased pressure, and modern fuel will make his floating flamethrower far more incendiary than the original.
Roman Scorpion
1. Roman Scorpion
November 24, 2007
Chad and Mike create a Roman Scorpion, the giant freestanding crossbow that terrorized the ancient battlefield with its flaming arrows. This machine is all about stored energy - when fired, it exploded and lurched like a striking scorpion.
Where to Watch Weapon Masters
Weapon Masters is available for streaming on the Military Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Weapon Masters on demand at Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    November 24, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (62)