Medieval Handgonnes: The First Black Powder Infantry Weapons

Medieval Handgonnes: The First Black Powder Infantry Weapons

by Sean McLachlan, Gerry Embleton
     
 

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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

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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 infantry weapons were extremely crude by today’s standards. In his new book, Sean McLachlan, author of American Civil War Guerilla Tactics, dispels the myth that these weapons were ineffective on the battlefield (beyond their terrifying noise!).  Rather, he demonstrates through careful examination of the historical records that the handgonne was a viable weapon from its inception in the early 14th century, even as it saw action side-by-side with the cross-bow.
 
Readers will be treated to a lush collection of rare photographs and artwork from such far-flung locales as Danish National Museum and the Bayerisches Armeemuseum. Original artwork from Gerry and Sam Embleton illustrate how these weapons were used on the battlefield and reenactor photos demonstrate step-by-step how they were loaded and fired.

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"... this book reveals the true history of what may be the most revolutionary weapon in history. The author uses the latest scientific and historical research to expose the accuracy and the penetrative power of the medieval handgonne. He includes firsthand accounts of battle experiences and a discussion on the impact the handgonnes had upon tactics and the use of armor during the medieval and later periods." -www.mataka.org (November 2010)

"One often wonders about the origin of hand held gunpowder weapons and thanks to this book, author Sean McLachlan carries us back to the early 14th century to tell us the story of those early projectile weapons ... another superb title in Osprey's new Weapons series." - Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (October 2010)

"This book charts the rise of the 14th century new weapon that used black powder to shoot projectiles ... Military weapons collections will welcome this survey!" -The Midwest Book Review

"The best historical account on the development of gunpowder that I've yet encountered." —Dick Salzer, Arms Heritage Magazine 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849081559
Publisher:
Osprey Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
10/19/2010
Series:
Weapon Series
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
810,446
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.30(d)

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