Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
Re: The oldest known handgun in existence, ca. 1400-10
I should mention that the hook, like the firing mechanism, seems to be a working amendment as it is not wrought to the barrel but split in half, drawn over the muzzle and riveted on the underside.
The comparison with the attached illustrations of 1405, 1410 and 1411, with no support hooks present, indicates that the hook which actually defines a haquebut (German: Hakenbüchse) was an invention of the first half of the 15th century.
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