Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
A fine brass barrel dated 1539
At the Museum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck/The Tyrol.
The non-presence of a pan denotes that the barrel was originally stocked together with
- either a matchlock mechanism with integrally riveted pan
- a wheel-lock mechanism.
The present stock is a 19th century reconstruction; while its form seems quite correct the wood is not. It is pinewood whereas heavy pieces were originally stocked mostly in oak and sometimes in ash.