Originally Posted by SteyrAUG
It seems like many people think that swords are superior to guns. It seems like these numbers are higher in anime fans. For those of you who believe that the sword is a better weapon please explain.
NOTE: I do not mean to say that ALL anime fans are like this. I know they are not. If you are going to reply with an argument please read the whole first post.
1. Swords are more honorable than guns.
In a kill or be killed situation honor is one of the last things you need to worry about. Just shooting someone is just as honorable as sneeking up behind someone and slitting their throat.
2. Guns are inhumane.
This is a common misconception I have encountered. A bullet wound that rips the heart open is still more humane than slashing open your enemys abdomen and letting their entrails spill out.
3. Guns run out of ammo, but swords don't.
Only an idiot would run out of ammo with a rifle then let a swordsman chop their head off. It's just common sense that the rifle can be used as a club. While swords can in theory cut through bone it is hard if not impossible to cut through a wooden stock in one swing. Anyone who has chopped firewood can tell you that slicing with the grain of the wood is a damn site easier than chopping against the grain. Stocks and barrels are replaceable. A skull is not.
4. I can block bullets with my sword.
I'll throw you a bone here. This is theoretically possible. I have seen it done before. A sword is set up in a clamp, and a gun was set up in another clamp and carefully aimed at the sword. Upon discharge the bullet hit the blade and sliced in two. This is where theoretic ends and reality begins. The sword itself is capable of stopping the bullet, but the human element is where it fails. If someone 50 yards away has a beretta 92f and they shoot at you then in about the time it takes to blink the bullet will have made it from the gun to you. You will not have enough time to plan the trajectory let alone move the sword in place.
5. Guns are noisy, swords are silent.
When you try to chop off a head you will find quite a bit of noise generated. It can just about be comparable to a gun with a sound suppressor.
5b. I don't have to chop off the head. All I have to do is slash the throat.
Once again we go to the good soldier/dumb soldier. A smart soldier carries a knife just in case so they too can slit throats.
6. You don't need skill to use a gun.
With 10 km/h wind heading 162 degrees, you are facing heading 24 degrees, your elevation is 110 meters above the target and the target is 1.2 kilometers away do you think you could hit them in one shot? At that kind of distance every variable counts. It takes quite a bit of calculation where as with a sword you just swing away.
6b. Swords still take more skill to master than guns.
Granted that shooting someone from 10 meters is easy this argument is still invalid. If an "easy" weapon gets the job done better than the "difficult" weapon then the benefits are two fold. Go ahead and train for 15 years to be a master swordsman and let some 15 year old african kid shoot you down with an AK47.
7. lolololol gunblades!!!!!1111one
The concept of a gun and a blade combined is a good idea. We call those bayonets. The gunblade of final fantasy 8 was a horrible design. There is no barrel and therefore no path for the bullet to travel. When you pull the trigger it will explode. Also the handle of the blade is to terribly placed along with the blade being too heavy it would be difficult if not impossible to master.
Conclusion: Swords as the only weapon are obsolete. Their days of glory are gone. I still think that the blade has it's place on the battlefield and always will, but not as the primary weapon.
Any other arguments I find might be added here later.
Just to let you know, Gunblades are not ment to shoot. They create an semi-explosion on impact which does more damage. that is why in the game, Squill had a 260% chance to hit the enermy. He never misses.