Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
You are right, Richard,
Short harquebuses usually have very short buttstocks mostly meant be held in the firer's hands in front of his breast.
My Straubing harquebus is an exception from that rule in having a rather long buttstock while its pal, still preserved at the Straubing museum, is proportioned perfectly. Maybe mine was stocked for a guy with longer arms.
Like you, I have often wondered because of those Maximilian rests. I am not able to solve the problem, sorry. Your command of physics is much better than mine, no doubt about that.