Evolution of the Medieval Firearm: Handgonnes, Touch-holes, Houfnices, and War Wagons

Once firearms reached Europe in the 13th Century, they swiftly generated a great deal of interest, and smiths began experimenting with different types of barrels, as alchemists continued to explore new pyrotechnic and explosive compounds. These early weapons, and the powder which gave them life, were difficult to handle and were not easily portable; you …

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