These days most people talking about the 'right to bear arms' are referring to the US Bill of Rights of 1789 and the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. But what a lot of people don't realise is that this has its root in the English Bill of Rights of 1689.
Here we look a little bit at the right to bear arms and firearms regulations history in the United Kingdom.

Some swords in museums and collections are attributed to famous people and have been allegedly carried in numerous duels, wars and battles. But then how are some of them in such good condition? Are they fakes in the sense that they were not actually carried by those people in those conflicts? Or are there other explanations?

A follow-up video on Andrew Klaven's idiotic Witcher-related misunderstandings about the roles of size and strength in armed martial arts and medieval sword fighting.

Andrew Klaven of the Daily Wire, who is apparently an expert on sword fighting, asserted that "zero women" can sword fight. That women fighting with swords against men trained with swords would lose 100% of the time. Let's unpack that.
I also highly recommend watching the Academy of Steel's video on this same topic:

How to (not) use a pike... but how pikes are generally used in Mount and Blade Warband!

I often get asked about medieval weapons which have wooden shafts (eg. spears, pollaxes, warhammers) getting broken or cut through during combat.

The medieval pollaxe (or poleaxe) is a very important weapon which reached peak popularity in 15th century Europe. It is optimized for armored combat and is as complex as the longsword in its construction and techniques of use. It can be found in many medieval fighting treatises.

What's with all the reverse grip sword fighting on the screen at the moment. There is a ton I could say about this, but Jordan Mock at Academy of Steel already said it all:

Happy new year from Matt Easton and some thoughts on 2020.

The hounskull or 'pig-faced' bascinet was incredibly popular right across Europe between about 1380 and 1420. Here we have a look at a good quality replica and consider some aspects of the design of this great medieval helmet.

Two-handed weapons are beloved of movies like Braveheart and TV shows like The Witcher. But historically two-handed weapons only make sense in specific contexts.

Shorts swords, known also as hangers, have been made for centuries as soldiers sidearms, but they are not all the same. Details of their designs mean that they are uniquely adapted for specific roles.
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Subjectively people like what they like, but I believe that objectively the heavy cavalry guard is one of the best sword guards every made and should probably have been replicated for other lines of the British Army and even Navy. In this video we look at some antique swords and consider why some guards are better than others.

What's with Hollywood trying to reboot and revive great and much loved movie franchises of the 70s, 80s and 90s? I mean okay, we get it's about making money. But please stop following the same failed formulas and ruining our childhoods! It seems like Ghostbusters 3 is going to be a reenactment of The Force Awakens, but with Ghostbusters stuff instead of Star Wars.

Tiredness is a really underestimated factor in combat and life in the general. Especially worth considering in application to historical interpretation, gaming, wargaming, roleplaying games and martial arts.

It may seem like a silly question, but it is the sort of question that get asked a lot. There is a prevailing view that some weapons are simply easier to use than others. But does that apply to two of the most iconic sword types from history, the katana and the longsword? Fundamentally they are both medium-sized two-handed swords, which can also be used one-handed and which can cut and thrust with ease. But for a total novice, someone with no experience of swordsmanship, is one easier to use than the other? Well actually I would say yes.
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The Roman shield (scutum) is most famously paired with the sword (gladius), but they were commonly paired with the spear in the earlier and later periods. Here we have a little look at the Roman shield and spear used together.

The Discovery History series Great Battles covers the Battle of Austerlitz in the second season. Unfortunately, they made some very misleading statements about the Charleville muskets used by Napoleon's army. Let's have a look at their errors in this video.
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The Prussian M1811 'Blücher' sabre is often mistaken for the British 1796 light cavalry sabre. Here we take a look at the Prussian sword and see why Napoleon called the British a 'nation of shop keepers'.
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Records of the Medieval Sword:
Ewart Oakeshott's books on medieval swords have yet to be surpassed, but it is really time that they are! Oakeshott created a great legacy and some people are leading some great research, but I'd really like to see some of this published in books soon.

An account of single combat with swords during the Battle of Waterloo.
D. A. Kinsley's books:

We normally name military sword types by model or pattern dates. But this often gets more complex than we would want and in some cases people use names that are flat out wrong.
Antique swords for sale:

The importance of ramrods and the innovation of captive ramrods on antique firearms.
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Clothing can change close combat, especially sword fighting, hugely. Heavy winter clothing can approach armour in its defensiveness.
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I have said some negative things about spadroons in the past, but maybe we should be judging them in different ways.


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Matt Easton is a martial arts instructor, historian and antique weapons expert.
Matt makes videos about military history, combat techniques and antiques.