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About fighting with only one arm… What about fencing? I get how the enemy could invest more power in their attacks with two arms, but to parry isn’t just about the ability to absorb brutal force, isn’t it? Mainly, in a fencing fight or a close equivalent (like the two opponents are equipped with batons for example), is someone really THIS impaired against an enemy with a light weapon?

I was specifically thinking of fencing when I said “handguns, only.” Now, there’s a bit of a question for both of us, it’s possible someone who’s lost their arm could still fence competitively. Neither of us know enough about sport fencing to say “absolutely not” to that.

But, for fencing as a combat style? No, they’re done. The off hand is used a lot in combat fencing, this can be with a parrying blade, a buckler, or some other defensive item designed to confuse the opponent, distract them, or trap their blade or, like a cape or jacket. There’s the distant possibility that they could try anyway, but against a competent foe, they’d be at a severe disadvantage.

If your character is some kind of Jedi master, and they’re drawing on some kind of cosmic enlightenment, then you might have the option to say “screw realism.” But in a normal context, it’s just not an option.

That said, if your character is a fencing master, they could still train students with one arm, and you could have a genuinely interesting character there. But actual combat against a competent foe would be a death sentence.

And, I think that brings an end to the one armed fighter questions for now.


I believe the reason top-break revolvers fell out of fashion is because the latch is in line with the barrel, it has to hold the full force of the gun firing, whereas a side break revolver, because the cylinder latch is out of line with the firing force, is a good enough comprimise of strength and loading speed (the strongest design is a fixed cylinder, like the peacemaker, but obviously that is much slower to load)

My understanding was that the latches tended to fail after a couple years of regular use, but I’ve never gone looking for credible information to back that perception up.

With a little practice, the Peacemaker loads pretty quickly, but it is a cumbersome system.

For those who don’t know, the Peacemaker’s cylinder is accessed by a small port on the back of the revolver. You knock spent shells out one at a time by rotating the cylinder, then load fresh rounds in their place.

You can speed reloading, by directing the barrel up and rotating the cylinder with the port open, to drop all the spent shells at once. Then you direct the barrel down, and with your left hand you manipulate the cylinder while you use your right hand to feed the rounds in. (This might be one of the rare moments when shooting left handed is actually an advantage, as the port is to the left of the hammer.)

You’re not going to beat reload times for a semi-automatic, or even a revolver with a speed-loader (assuming you can get the speedloader to actually release the rounds).