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an early style of musket

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The first firearm to be shouldered like a modern rifle was the matchlock, which was introduced the 1400s.
Matchlocks were generally the first type of arm with an ignition system that would allow the musket or rifle to be properly shouldered and aimed.
While matchlocks were almost exclusively long guns,
Dravot's later insane scheme to create an empire in Kafiristan and present it to Queen Victoria has a comic, bargain basement quality: his troops are armed with ancient matchlocks, cheap local copies of obsolete rifles, and army surplus gear.
From the late 1400s through the early 1700s, the quest for greater fire power and accuracy produced the first stocked, shoulder-fired matchlocks.
Though Murtagh certainly mentions it, Lenihan lays greater emphasis upon the French and Irish being armed with matchlocks.
Similar revolving matchlocks with from three to eight cylinders exist that were made in France and Germany in the 17th century, and at least one flintlock "six-shooter" survives from the early 18th century.
Blochmann (Calcutta: Asiatic Society, 1873), A'ins 35-37, dealing with the arsenal, artillery, and matchlocks.
Apart from the baggage all that had been seized from the Tibetan camp at Guru added up to about 60 yaks, 30 mules and a large number of matchlocks and swords with a few breechloaders, two of which were of Russian make.
The first guns in the American colonies were smooth-bore matchlocks brought from Europe.
Ever since the invention of matchlocks, large caliber handguns have always been favored by most handgunners.
Cristoval da Gama applied a number of skins filled with air for buoyancy, "taking their matchlocks, powder and matches inside other skins, lest they should be wetted.
It was a confrontation between the mightiest political power in the world, represented by professional soldiers armed with Maxim, ten-pounders and Lee-Metfords, and one of the weakest: a medieval peasant army made up lately of conscripted serfs carrying swords spears and the crudest of matchlocks.
One account from 1662 stated that the Assamese 'cast excellent matchlocks and bachadar artillery, and show great skill in this craft.
The addition of matchlocks to warfare caused William, Maurice, John and others to change this tradition.