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Medieval Handgonnes: The first black powder infantry weapons

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Osprey’s new Weapon series provides a highly-detailed yet affordable overview of the development, use, and impact of small arms throughout history—from the sword to the machine gun. Journey back to the time when handguns had no moving parts! Variously called handgonnes, hackbuts, coulevrines, pistolas, schiopettos, tyufyaks, and even bombardelles, the first black powder in ...more
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Published February 8th 2011 by Osprey Publishing (first published October 9th 2006)
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Steven Peterson
Dec 11, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fine examination of the first "black powder infantry weapons," as the subtitle for this book has it. This is another volume in Osprey Publishing's "Weapon" series.

The 14th century witnessed the first serious military use of black powder. This book traces the development of black powder weapons through the mid-14th century and the next 150 years or so. These were the precursors to the matchlock arquebus from the late 15th and 16th centuries. The early guns were simple weapons (Page 4), ". . .lit
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Sean McLachlan is a former archaeologist who worked for many years on excavations in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Now a full-time writer, he specializes in fiction, history, and adventure travel. In 2013 he won the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award for his Iraq reportage.

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