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The Epic Gamer08 Dec 2017 7:08 p.m. PST

What is this called? Was it actually used by the Landsknecht?


Puster08 Dec 2017 10:48 p.m. PST

As "Landsknecht" is actually a kind of infantry unit – seperate from the artillery: no. No more then "Tercios" would use artillery. Of course most artillerists in their armies would look the same and have similar comparable contracts, so for their era…

Multi barreled guns were used – experimental designs abound in that era – da Vinci was just one of many who had creative ideas on guns. I have not seen this particular box-like gun design before, though, and it looks a bit too modern to my taste. If it showed up on a contemporary illustration, however, I would not be surprised.

olicana09 Dec 2017 5:42 a.m. PST

There is a good collection of experimental guns of this period in the Tower of London. Apparently Henry VIII, who bought most of them, was a big enthusiast.

I've not seen anything like this either. Are there any more pics from different angles?

Griefbringer10 Dec 2017 10:20 a.m. PST

Multi-barreled guns of various types were in use in 15th and 16th centuries, and there was some experimentation with them going on still in the 17th century.

The gun shown in the picture has a bit strange carriage – the axis seems to be of metal rather than wood, and there is no mechanism to control the elevation, other than having a stout fellow holding the trail while the gun is being fired.

That said, I found another photo showing the same gun next to a crew:


Considering the size of the gun, the individual barrels should be about the size of arquebuss barrels.

olicana12 Dec 2017 3:14 a.m. PST

Always good to see a well fed Landsknecht.

Von Trinkenessen12 Dec 2017 9:56 a.m. PST

Isn't it the "Black Russian codpiece" on the guy on the left.

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