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Synonyms for arquebus

an obsolete firearm with a long barrel

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Ils chargent leurs arquebuses, & font une salve fort gentille >> (Lalemand 1959 : 178-180).
It was a chivalrous and whimsical scene, resembling the Old Testament pictures painted in Cranach's studio during the years of the Schmalkaldic League: the pikes, arquebuses and bellying striped tents of the imperial camp; the encircled town commanded by Sibylle in a flush of demure feminine valour, neatly resolute, flitting up and down the fortifications, protecting her sons' future; the noble greybeard, admired on all sides, sagely taking home his largesse from camp to town.
Most historians agree that in the 1443-44 wars against the Hungarians and at the second battle of Kosovo (1448) the Ottomans used tufek, which were either arquebuses or small cannons.
Les armes dont ils se servent communement sont la lance, & l'arc, Il y en a cependant, qui ont des fusils & des arquebuses rayees, & les plus riches portent des jacques de maille.
It was the heavy cavalry who won the day in medieval battles, but by the time of the Italian Wars in the early decades of the 1500s, victory more often depended on skilled infantrymen, combining pikemen (equipped with pikes and other weapons such as halberds, half-pikes, swords, and bucklers) and shooters (equipped with arquebuses and falconets, or small cannon), and sometimes accompanied by light horsemen (Giovanni himself preferred Albanian stradioti mounted on small Turkish horses for his light cavalry).
Sure, the presence of firearms among the Inuit became its own kind of cultural lead poisoning; as Vollmann writes, "because iron axes had almost decided things in Vinland, because arquebuses had taken command at Kebec, what must rifles have done here?
Until now, all military small arms, whether arquebuses, muskets, or rifles, had been muzzle-loaded; that is, in reloading, the new bullet had to be forced down the length of the muzzle.