Asian firearms question

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Re: Asian firearms question

Postby mrinku » 01 Jul 2015, 19:47

Although in some respects the wheel-lock was a sideways development. They were always too expensive for common troop issue, though widely adopted for pistols for both practical reasons and because cavalry were a high cost arm anyway. Wheel-locks had a faster ignition rate than flintlocks, so did continue on as prestige, hunting and assassination weapons, even into the flintlock era. Wheel-lock pistols had another advantage over a flintlock pistol in that they could be carried ready to fire and concealed with less chance of snagging, since the pyrite is placed in contact with the wheel *before* triggering.
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Re: Asian firearms question

Postby Luoshangzhi » 03 Jul 2015, 00:34

mrinku wrote:Although in some respects the wheel-lock was a sideways development. They were always too expensive for common troop issue, though widely adopted for pistols for both practical reasons and because cavalry were a high cost arm anyway. Wheel-locks had a faster ignition rate than flintlocks, so did continue on as prestige, hunting and assassination weapons, even into the flintlock era. Wheel-lock pistols had another advantage over a flintlock pistol in that they could be carried ready to fire and concealed with less chance of snagging, since the pyrite is placed in contact with the wheel *before* triggering.



Yup. Yup! Yup! A rich man's weapon it was. Or the weapon of a man who had his priorities straight like this fellow with a firelock musket:


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Re: Asian firearms question

Postby mrinku » 05 Jul 2015, 22:50

Though to be completist on this subject one should also mention airguns.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_gun
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