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Wall Gun

  • General History
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Seen initially during the mid 16th Century (and carrying onward to The 17th), came weapons similar to the Arquebus and Culverin. Due to their great length and recoil, they had to be place on a wall, parapet or through a specially designed "firing hole" cut into castles and fortifications. Sometimes they would even be mounted on carriages! These Wall Guns had 1-inch (or more) diameter bores and fired .70 to 95 caliber rounds! They could be more accurate than Match or Wheel Lock weapons. Many of these Wall Guns would eventually be cut down into The Blunderbuss weapons that would become popular in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Wall Guns were also used in many Navies. They could be deployed next to ship cannons, and served well in the early days of Naval artillery.