Does double always mean deadlier? From slow motion action in The Matrix and Max Payne, to Lara Croft and the lobbies of the Call of Duty franchise, dual wielding weapons has been a phenomenon in gaming for decades, and for even longer in wider pop culture. But how practical is that off-hand weapon? And what is the real world history of twin gunslinging?

In this episode of Loadout, Dave Jewitt visits the Royal Armouries to talk to Keeper of Firearms & Artillery Jonathan Ferguson to discover the reality of going guns akimbo, and even puts Jonathan through his ambidextrous paces on the firing range to see how difficult dual wielding really is.

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If you’re interested in seeing more of Jonathan’s work, you can check out more from the Royal Armouries right here. -

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