• General History
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

''Slugshots'' were improvised weapons and personal self-defense devices – used by many Sailors in many Navies throughout The World. These devices were quite popular in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Many Navies actually banned their manufacture and use (but most never really enforced the ban).


The Slugshot was a series of leather straps to which was attached a stone or bone ''Ball''. A hole was drilled through The Ball into which was strung the leather strap. This would be either overlapped and tied to secure The Ball to The Strap. Excess length was wrapped and knotted into a ''handle'' or grip of sorts. Normally, a Slugshot was only 6 to 8-inches in length. They weighed roughly less than 1pound.


However, their ease in concealment meant that they could be quickly produced or even hidden already in the hand. Firmly grasping the strap, One could swing The Ball in such a manner that The Slugshot could easily crack a Skull, break a bone or naturally – break ''many teeth'' in a Tavern or Inn.


Sailors used these devices for protection in foreign Ports (and Home ones too). In hand to hand Deck combat, Slugshots could be used as ''weapons of last resort'' if needed. Most Countries and Navies have long since banned their possession and use by their Personnel.