Are guns the final evolution of standard battlefield weapons?

Oct 2019
19
Malabo Accra Kumasi Port Au Prince Carrefour
Again, that's not a true statement. The spear has had at least as many variants, to the extent that variants on a design are a countable thing anyway.



Just because this was true in the past doesn't mean it will be true in the future.


Really you could have had the same conversation 1000 years ago.
Person A: "Spears have been around for a long time, are the dominant weapon all over the world, and have tons of variants. Swords and bows are around, but spears really dominate. Do you think there will ever be something that replaces the spear?"
Person B: "Sure, eventually someone might invent something completely better that will replace it, who knows what the future will be like?"
Person A: "You don't understand, every time someone had a new invention (i.e., the axe) it always ends up better when combined with the spear (i.e., the pole-axe or a halberd)"

Person A was right about his own time, and the past, but not about the future. The fact that person B didn't describe guns doesn't make person A right.
Flawed logic.

Spears were in many cases weren't alone for long and were replaces or became a compliment themselves.

Guns have not, and even weapons that don't fire bullets are often still "guns" in design.

Something that would seem difficult to improve upon is the pistol grip and finger activated trigger that are both extremely ergonomic.
This is precisely why that many new weapons or "launchers" still have a base form of a gun because of ease of trigger design.
 
Mar 2018
839
UK
Flawed logic.

Spears were in many cases weren't alone for long and were replaces or became a compliment themselves.

Guns have not, and even weapons that don't fire bullets are often still "guns" in design.



This is precisely why that many new weapons or "launchers" still have a base form of a gun because of ease of trigger design.
It's strange to say someone has flawed logic and then proceed to attack the facts presented rather than the logic. Especially when the facts presented were correct to begin with.

Having a finger tip trigger does not a gun make. Things had triggers before guns (eg: crossbows) and many guns do not have finger tip triggers (eg: all artillery, matchlock muskets, ect...)