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bvandewalker wrote:A while back I watched this Korean costume drama about King Sejong and this assassin had this dart shooting matchlock pistol with a metal pistol grip as opposed to the wand grip I see on the Wikipedia for similar Ming Chinese guns.
So the question is did the Koreans have Pistol grip hand guns or is that just the TV land?
(note: I have been told that the Korean History dramas are fairly accurate when it comes to costumes and props.)
mrinku wrote:It seems pretty well established that the matchlock was a European invention, introduced to both China and Japan by the Portuguese. Korea appears to have adopted Japanese designs after the invasion.
mrinku wrote:Match cord <> match *lock*.
The lock mechanism is definitely a European innovation. If the one in the show had a trigger mechanism that dropped the match into a pan, it was an anachronism. If the firer touched a loose match to a touch hole, it would have been authentically Asian.
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