Gnome wielding a bola

A bola is a type of primitive weaponry, a melee weapon that was sometimes used by hunters to snare wild animals.

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During his time in Sarpeidon's past, Zar often used a bola to hunt for his food. (TOS novel: Yesterday's Son)

In 2266, General Kwy of Kujal led an assault on Captain James T. Kirk in which a dozen aircraft fired bolas that whipped around him and dragged him to the ground. (TOS comic: "Dwarf Planet")

In 2274, two gnomes armed with bolas beamed aboard the USS Enterprise, appearing to ride atop bats. One bola smashed the transparent aluminum shield between the pad and the console. A security guard remarked that the bola must be made of neutronium. (TOS comic: "There's No Space Like Gnomes'!")

In 2373, Colonel-Mayor Asta-ha invented a two-shot automatic bola pistol. It resembled a crossbow but with two launchers. Each fired one half of a small metal ball, each connected by a cable two meters long. When fired, the balls spread out and rotated, allowing the cable to stretch, spin and wrap around the target. It was one of several low-tech weapons Benjamin Sisko, Miles O'Brien and others developed to try to repel a Cardassian attack on the planet home of the Natives in the Stirnis star system. (DS9 - Rebels novel: The Liberated)

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