Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
The remainder of photos of that Viertelhaken.
Note the top edge of the barrel acting as a foresight, and the only area of the stock where the leach did not do much harm: right below the muzzle.
Now imagine that small gun completely painted red 570 years ago - what a colorful impact those haquebuts must have conveyed originally!
Illustrations by Bartholomäus Freysleben, 1495-1500, and Jörg Kölderer, 1507, from the Maximilian armory inventories, depict the original color effect of stocks and barrels painted red and green, the Late-Gothic basic colors.