This circa-1350 hand-forged cannon was once part of the Archduke Eugen collection at Salzburg Castle. Lacking standard ammunition, hand cannons were typically loaded with stones, nails or other suitable projectiles.
Snaphaunce fowlers, which fire shot instead of ball ammunition, are easily repaired and accurate at short range. This snaphaunce, based on the principle of striking flint against steel to create sparks, originated in Spain around 1600.
This small musket was made in Madrid by Francisco Targarona, a royal gun maker. Utilizing a miquelet lock, the martial escopeta is typical of those employed by Spanish military forces to protect ranches and settlements during the late 18th century.
This rare Thomas Matson circa 1650 doglock musket is one of the first guns to be produced in America and one of the first firearms with a safety mechanism. Doglocks got their name from a safety catch that is located behind the cock.