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Chu-ko-nu (also Chu ko nu)
Time Period: 5th century BC to 19th century
Location: China

The Chu-ko-nu was the most advanced personal infantry weapon in history until the invention of the German Sturmgewehr assault rifle in 1945. It was a repeating crossbow that could fire at a rate of roughly two bolts per second. While the Chu-ko-nu was not incredibly accurate nor were the bolts particularly powerful, they were tipped with poison and their use en masse created a blanket of ranged fire to demoralize and soften an army in preparation for a melee charge.

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