Also, it is not cool. The gunblade is one of the dumbest fantasy weapons conceived by man.
Yeah, like the bayonet - oh wait, that's real.
The bayonet was actually useful. The gunblade has a grip completely unsuitable for sword play and it also makes a terrible gun. Nobody would ever have a reason to make a gun like that.
The bayonet on the other hand was very useful, and especially on muskets as they took forever to reload and the battlefield would quickly be so full of smoke you couldn't see far enough to shoot but not stab. You'd fire your salvo, then attach the bayonet and charge into the cloud of smoke. If the other side didn't do the same, you probably got to them before they managed to arm their muskets again.
Also, Wikipedia reveals this little gem:
Bayonets were experimented with through much of the 18th and 19th centuries. In the United States Navy before the American Civil War, bayonet blades were even affixed to single-shot pistols, although they soon proved useless for anything but cooking. Cutlasses remained the favoured weapon for the navies of the time, though Queen Victoria's Royal Navy gave up the pikes once used to repel attacks by boarders in favor of the cutlass bayonet.
Ok, so I was wrong. Someone did
make a gunblade. Despite, unlike the gunblade of FF, not being a primarily fencing weapon and not weighing a ton, they proved to be useful only in cooking, however. Edited, Apr 18th 2011 1:22pm by Omena