Wednesday, April 18, 2012

P is for PISTOL

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that takes many Victorian/Industrial Age technologies, and then thrusts it into a futuristic world. In a steampunk world, there might be flying machines, computers, and ray guns - but built from copper, wood, brass, and using steam as a power source. It's a unique blend of the future and the present that makes steampunk unique.

What's steampunk without having the proper weapon? The pistol is the weapon of choice for many pirates, pilots, mercenaries, and explorers.

Pistols can fire simple bullets, but my favorite steampunk pistols have a flare for the futuristic. Disruptors, vaporizers, and ray guns....these combine science fiction weaponry with Victorian elegance.

The Captain Revolver - favored by pilots and sailors

The Combobulator

Steampunk Raygun
"The Bunny"


Laura Eno said...

What cool looking weapons! Steampunk is still a mysterious genre to me but I'm fascinated by it.

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Anonymous said...

Ooooh, I loooooove The Captain Revolver! It looks like something I'd carry! :)

Jay Noel said...

Laura: I could see you totally writing a steampunk story!

Jack: I like it too. Rugged yet elegant.

Sharkbytes said...

Fascinating pistols. I was trying to define steampunk to a friend last month. I got it mostly right! I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month. My alphabet is at

Julie Dao said...

Okay, the Bunny is kind of cute.

Brinda said...

I'll take one raygun, please. :) These all look too heavy to tuck into a boot or elsewhere. I guess that's the downfall of brass.

Cherie Reich said...

Very cool weapons, and the Bunny is kinda cute.

Kelly Barnes said...

The combobulator looks cool, but I'm a sucker for exotic energy sources that do more damage than a simple bullet.

J. A. Bennett said...

Love the ray gun. Very cool!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Some of those pistols look oddly phallic.

farawayeyes said...

I want 'The Bunny'.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Give me the raygun. Give me several, so I can mount them on the hood of my car!

Vero said...

Oh. Yeah. Steampunk guns totally rock! I'd love a pair of miniature Captain Revolvers as earrings!

Ashley Nixon said...

LOVE!!! Not only is the name "The Combobulator" awesome, but so is that gun!

The Golden Eagle said...

Those are fancy pistols . . . but the weapons that really make me think "steampunk" are those guns people hid in their wallets.

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jen@ living a full life said...

Awesome guns!

Rusty Webb said...

The Steampunk Raygun is probably my favorite design there. Good stuff all round though.

Lynda R Young said...

Oh my gosh, they are the coolest looking pistols! I love that first one the best.

The Desert Rocks said...

Every steampunk heroine needs "The Bunny!"

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