With the advent of conflicts between Tibet and China (reaching a zenith between the 18th and 19th Century), The Tibetan Army began to copy variation of Chinese Matchlocks and Muskets. Fired using the “Slow Match” (burning hemp), powder was ignited – to fire a .50 caliber lead round ball. Fitted with the traditional “Serpent Tongue” (Double-bladed Bayonet), Tibetan Matchlocks and Muskets seldom featured a traditional firearms shape. Fitted with an extra long leather sling, they were worn over the back of Cavalry (as a secondary weapon) – used after Bow and Arrow (or Sword). Noted for their poor range, (150 yards), this weapons was around 58-inches long and weighed around 8-pounds.