Some weapon systems look even more terrifying than they are deadly, which can be an added psychological warfare benefit. Aircraft like the bat-winged B-2 Spirit have a sinister mystique that fits perfectly with their ability to sneak into a country in the dead of night and obliterate highly defended targets. It is one scary beast, even when its weapons bays are empty.

Everything from certain tanks (like the British Mark 1 for instance) to specific handguns (Desert Eagle .50AE) have such fear inducing looks that they have been used time and time again by Hollywood and have become pop culture icons in their own right. Seeing as it is Halloween it is the perfect time to ask:

What are the scariest looking weapons of all time?

Tyler Rogoway is a defense journalist and photographer that maintains the website Foxtrot Alpha for You can reach Tyler with story ideas or direct comments regarding this or any other defense topic via the email address