In combat it was hard to identify knights wearing helmets. This meant that their bravery and skill might go unrecognised or that they might be attacked by their own side.
Knights used badges so people could see who they were. These were displayed on their helmets, surcoats and shields.
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Before the Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum revolver, the most powerful handgun in the world was the Mars pistol. It was so powerful that, during testing in 1906, the Royal Navy vowed never to fire it again.
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