Join Date: Jun 2019
Handgonne or not ?
on top of being a collector i do quite a lot of metal detecting in the south of France.
A few days ago i found what i think to be a "handgonne". I found it not far from a ruined tower and a small spanish church in the vicinity of Perpignan in the south of France. The spot is a strategic hilltop in a region where the kingdom of France and the Kingdom of spain fought over centuries.
When i cleaned it, it was packed with remains of black powder. But i can not find a "touch hole".
I read somewhere that some kind of early handgonne had no touch hole and were ignited by the front end of the barrel .
thanks for sharing your knowledge