I have been beating my head against a wall for some time about weapons in the book. Not because the weapons are important...they probably will not be important at all. But because they offer a guide post for the creation of other weapons and can help to arm an NPC in an unexpected encounter.
See in Manifest Destiny the RPG, I have included a system for the creation of weapons and armor. This system is simple and can be altered, modified, and added to quite easily. The reason I think the weapons I am making right now will be irrelevant to the player is because most players will probably look to make things that are far better then the vanilla weapons I am putting forth. So with this it is easy to see that anything a player will make, unless limited by the cost or the GM, will be better then what I am making now with the same system.
So that leaves what I am making in the real of the GM and how that person plans to use the things I am making. In most cases I see the items as fodder for NPC's and basic gear. Something that is easy to reference and add on the fly with a minimum of hassle and rooting around. But it also makes it hard to get done cause since it is not for the players and may just be entirely ignored...it is not a very motivating set of reasons.
But I am slowly working them out. Right now I have eleven out of twenty six done and I am just plodding through them ad I have the chance. At least making them helped to highlight some contextual errors in my writing and some options I was missing. Not a bad thing in my opinion.