The arquebus is history's oldest shoulder-fired gun. By modern standards, it was primitive. But to the people who fired it, and were fired upon by it, it was devastating.
It was invented in Spain during the 15th Century. It was so heavy that shooters had to rest the gun on a fork to support it while firing.
Despite its weight, it was not expensive to manufacture. It spread rapidly around the globe. It did, however, have limitations. It could take up to an entire minute to load and was so loud that it could permanently deafen the people who fired it. It was also only accurate at short range.
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