Posted February 18 2009 - 05:07 AM
I don't think you guys are giving enough credit to late 18th century weaponry. A multi-barreled flintlock rifle, accurate to 300 meters, would be a threat to an alien or predator. The biggest impediment would be reload time (15 seconds minimum), which could be mitigated by multiple barrels or by multiple weapons. Wealthy Englishmen from that time period would have been good riflemen from their hunting and military service, and also potentially skilled at fencing. And don't forget that in the first Predator movie, Dutch defeats the predator mainly using cleverness and low-tech traps. Finally, we know that the predators have fought humans in the era of flintlock firearms, judging from the flintlock gun that the predators give Danny Glover as a trophy at the end of Predator 2.