[Northkeep] Me see you have boom-boom stick...Bye-Bye

Addington, Debbie, A daaddington at saintfrancis.com
Fri May 11 12:17:15 PDT 2001

could you send that over to madnhair at rapfire.net
from there i could print it off for baulsac

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Marc Carlson [SMTP:marc-carlson at utulsa.edu]
> Sent:	Friday, May 11, 2001 2:16 PM
> To:	northkeep at ansteorra.org
> Subject:	Re: [Northkeep] Me see you have boom-boom stick...Bye-Bye
> At 02:20 PM 5/11/01 -0400, Lucan wrote:
> >>...    the earlyist recorded mention of any type of hand gun is durring
> the
> >>reign of Edward III when they were brought into England from Flanders.
> in
> >>1470.
> With all due respect, I believe that while this may be an early reference
> in
> English, there may be more information available.  There are references as
> early as the 1350s to "gunnis cum telar" or guns with handles, which is
> considered by some to refer to early hand-gonnes.  We -know- that the
> so called "Tannenburg Hand Cannon" dates to earlier than 1399, since
> that's
> the date the site it was found at was razed.  A similar bronze piece was
> found at
> Loshult, Sweden and has been dated to the early 14th century.  These are
> basically a short metal tube with the rear sealed off - a small hold
> drilled to
> take the match.  The tube was then mounted on a long wooden tiller to help
> aim,
> and reduce recoil (*snicker*).  Bores were generally half an inch to an
> inch
> and a half.  These were then filled small balls, rocks, whatever.  They
> were probably
> as effective as a sawed off shot gun.  In the 15th century we get the kind
> with the
> hooks on the barrels (giving us the "hakenbusche", leading to the
> "arquebus").
> The Matchlock was earliest illustrated around 1411 (in a manuscript
> illustration
> that I'll be happy to share if you'd like to see it).
> Marc/Diarmaid
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