The pilum, which played a vital role in the rise of the Roman Empire. The longbow, which made England a medieval superpower. The Minie ball, which revolutionized 19th century firearm capabilities. Three ranged weapons that transformed combat over the course of thousands of years. What was the secret to their lethal success? Through unique experiments with weapons experts, we reveal how they worked and how, over the centuries, ranged weapons evolved in accuracy and in the distances they can travel.
This is a look at some of the most important and innovative weapons, from slings and arrows to nuclear bombs to biological warfare; explore how and why these weapons work and the role each one has played in shaping the world we know today.