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Old April 12, 2011, 03:38 PM   #15
James K
Join Date: March 17, 1999
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I have heard of the Klein gun but it is so obscure that I doubt it could possibly have influenced the use of the term "needle gun."

As for the spiked helmet, the U.S. did use them as part of the dress uniform from c. 1870 up to about the S-A war period, as did many other countries. It was a military fad of the time, like the beret is today.

Contrary to silly WWI propaganda about Germans killing babies by tossing them onto the "deadly" spike, the actual point was made of thin tin and would be unlikely to do serious injury to anyone.

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