Interesting facts about the Cossack saber
With the sword of the Circassian ( "sashho") is translated simply as a long knife. In fact, this is a knife: slightly curved blade is sharpened on one side almost to the end, where it becomes a double-edged sharpening. Typical Cherkessian checkers were easy and fairly short, but in the Russian Cossack and irregular cavalry arming longer one - Cossack generally dragged along by blades meter in length. So what is it actually a classic Cossack saber?
The first drafts were in the XII century. It was a relatively inexpensive weapon, used as an aid - a warrior clutching his sword, when his business has already made a sword or a gun. With the development of firearms saber beginning to lose its position, because in the past left and metal armor. Checker, on the contrary, it becomes more massive, curved at the end.
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Terek and Kuban Cossacks borrowed the stick of the Circassians. Painfully, they attracted lightweight, easy to handle weapons, which with proper dexterity could ruin vrazhin into two equal parts, without dismounting. By the XIX century sword ceased to be typical of the Caucasian weapon, it had adopted in the Russian army and made an authorized type of weapons for the entire cavalry.
At the beginning of the XX century sword was lost its position remained rather ceremonial weapons lancers and hussars. However, during the Great Patriotic War, the Red Army showed a bloody example of how "old" piece can turn the tide of any battle. In fact, today checker associated with the cavalry assaults Red and Cossack troops.
Differences from the sword
Unlike classical sabers checker does not have the guard and has a straight blade, curved end only for combat. Sharp as that of the drafts can be said is not - and did not use it as a stabbing weapon. Notable and balance: classic checkers had a balance point of 25-30 inches from the handle.
The Cossacks say that the sword - the weapon of the brave. This saying has a practical rationale: a sword is used in an offensive battle, about any techniques saber fencing (and hence the position of the defense of the owner) of the question. Checker is designed for powerful chop and requires serious physical fighter force.
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Red Army cavalry tried to use his sword so as to address the course of the fight with a single blow. That is why the art of equestrian battle required the skillful handling of the warrior with a horse. Vaulting over the opponent deceptive maneuvers - and a quick leap forward, ending a powerful chop.
Checkers is not always worn at the waist. Such weapons and fastened to the waist, and shoulder sword belt could be locked in position blade up - chop from the top down it was easier to do it in such a position.
The massive use of bombs provided by two factors: its low cost and ease of use. Soldier did not need to spend years studying the sophisticated techniques of fencing, it was enough to learn three or four elementary and efficient reception, without any frills. Drill Regulations of the Red Army cavalry guards generally requires three types of impact: to the right, down, right and bottom left.
The modern use of
Of course, not saber povoyuesh in the modern world. In 1950 drafts have generally removed from service, and for a long time they were issued only as premium weapons. But in Russia today checkers again made en masse: Cossacks is the main customer of this simple but deadly weapons.