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Old 29th September 2014, 05:29 PM   #2
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Hola Cavalco. Welcome to the forum.
I guess it all depends on the period dimensions of the arcabuz or musket . Probably the ones that needed the rest (fork) came first and were rather long and heavy. Later versions, like the 'caliver', didn't need support.
I have just posted a picture of an arcabucero of the period of King Felipe II of Spain and apparently this style was already light enough to support without a fork.
I hope Michael (Matchlock) comes around to give you a full and competent information on this subject.

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