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Hans Hellinger

Firearms before their time

Breech-loading matchlock arquebus, Nuremberg 1470

More about this breech loader here

Plan for a nearly identical weapon from a manuscript from 1456 by Lorenzo Ghiberti

Eight barrel matchlock revolver from 1580 Nuremberg

Breech-loading wheelock pistol, ~1560, German

Matchlock breechloader for Henry VIII (one of two he possessed, and used multiple times for hunting) – 1537

This was originally a wheel-lock