Trebuchet Catapults - Fully Assembled Working Model Trebuchets , Trebuchet Kits , Trebuchet Plans
View Shopping Cart
Trebuchet Store Main Page
Products
Assembled Models
Model Trebuchet Kits
Step by Step Plans and Instructions
Medieval Trebuchet
Roman Ballista
Tennis Ball Trebuchet
Golf Ball Trebuchet
Stirling Trebuchet
da Vinci Trebuchet
Highland Trebuchet
Statistics Catapult
da Vinci Spring Catapult
Repeating Crossbow
Onager Catapult
Archimedes Water Screw
Mangonel Catapult
Multi-Pack Plans Deals
Trebuchet and Catapult Design
How Does a Trebuchet Work ?
Human Powered Trebuchet
Simple Slingshot to the Trebuchet
Hybrid Trebuchet
Human Catapult
Catapult Design Plans
Ancient Engineers
Archimedes
Renaissance Engineers
Leonardo da Vinci
Ancient Engineering
Archimedes Screw
Archimedes Burning Mirror
Archimedes Claw
Archimedes Lever
Renaissance Engineering
Giant Crossbow
Build a Crossbow
Trebuchet Sling Release
Defensive Trebuchet
Basic Trebuchet Design
Modern Catapults
Six Sigma and Process Control
Grenade Catapult in WW1
Online Books
The  Crossbow
Projectile Throwing Engines
of the Ancients
Online Video
Catapult and Trebuchet Plans
Trebuchet Design
History
History and Mechanics of Trebuchets
Catapult Build a Catapult
Sling Weapons
Ancient Projectile Engines
Catapult History
Catapult and Trebuchet Illustrations
Siege Warfare
Animation
Trebuchet Animation
Catapult Animation
Large Trebuchet
Free Plans
Free Ballista Plans
Free Catapult Plans
Free Trebuchet Plans
Free Crossbow Plans
Gear
Trebuchet and Catapult Gear
Kind Words from Trebuchet Owners
Get  a Free Trebuchet Catalog
Have a Question? Please Contact Us
Links  and Link to Us
Site Index
Copyright © 2001-16
Gravity Power
Trebuchet Catapults - Fully Assembled Working Model Trebuchets , Trebuchet Kits , Trebuchet Plans

The Crossbow   >  Chapter 8   >   Development of the Medieval Handgun   > p.41

Table of Contents List of Illustrations Index Appendix

Development of the Medieval Handgun

larger kind, which weighed from 16 to 18 lbs. and was used by the foot-soldier, required the assistance of an attendant to work it.

The butt-end of the stock of the culverin was sloped downwards like the handle of a pistol.

The culverin was at length made sufficiently portable to be worked by the soldier himself, and was then known as an arquebus. It was further improved by having its touch-hole bored at one side of its barrel instead of on the top, and it was also fitted with a projecting flash-pan, placed level with the touch-hole. This pan held more conveniently the very liberal pinch of priming powder which, on being flashed by means of a burning-fuse applied by hand, ignited the main charge inside the barrel. At the battle of Morat in 1476, the Swiss had 6,000 men armed with these weapons.

Both the large culverin and the smaller one known as an arquebus, were aimed and fired with their barrels resting on a forked stick.

Between 1510 and 1520 the arquebus above described was superseded by the match-lock arquebus. In this kind of hand-gun the first attempt at automatic ignition appears. It had a long hammer, pivoted in the stock, which held a piece of slow-match in its jaws. The hammer was continued in one piece through the stock, and projected beneath it in the form of a trigger.

When the trigger was pulled back, its upper half, or hammer-end, pressed down the burning fuse it held, till the fuse touched the priming powder in the pan, and thus fired (or did not, according to the weather and other conditions) the weapon. It is probable that during a battle, the fuse held by the hammer of the match-lock had to be continually rekindled by the soldier to keep it in serviceable order.

The match-lock arquebus is even now to be seen in the hands of some remote tribes of northern India.

The wheel-lock was invented 1550-1560. This hand-gun had a small wheel, about the size of a crown piece, and 1/4  inch thick, which revolved at the side of its barrel. The upper edge of this wheel slightly projected, from underneath, through the centre of the flash-pan, near the touch-hole. The wheel had a serrated edge like a coarse file, and on one side of it there was a strong circular spring, and a catch to secure it when it was wound up.

The hammer of the wheel-lock gun held a piece of detonating composition or pyrite, which on being rubbed against rough metal emitted sparks

he Crossbow   >  Chapter 8   >  Development of the Medieval Handgun   > p.41


Table of Contents List of Illustrations <<   Previous Page Next Page   >>

Step by Step Plans and Instructions Save with Plans Deals
Calculate Trebuchet Shipping
International Orders International Orders
Click Here

Roman Ballista Plans Highland Trebuchet Plans da Vinci Spring Catapult Plans DaVinci Trebuchet Plans
Roman Ballista Highland Trebuchet daVinci Catapult daVinci Trebuchet
Add These Plans to Your Cart
Add These Plans to Your Cart
Add These Plans to Your Cart
Add These Plans to Your Cart
U.S. Orders Only U.S. Orders Only U.S. Orders Only U.S. Orders Only
Tennis Ball Trebuchet Plans Table Top Trebuchet Plans Golf Ball Trebuchet Plans Stirling Trebuchet Plans
Tennis Ball Trebuchet Medieval Trebuchet Golf Ball Trebuchet Stirling Trebuchet
Add These Plans to Your Cart Add These Plans to Your Cart Add These Plans to Your Cart Add These Plans to Your Cart
U.S. Orders Only U.S. Orders Only U.S. Orders Only U.S. Orders Only
Tabletop Roman Onager Plans Mangonel Catapult Plans Statistical Catapult Plans Build a Repeating Crossbow - Repeating Crossbow Plans
Roman Onager Roman Mangonel Statistics Catapult Repeating Crossbow
Add These Plans to Your Cart Add These Plans to Your Cart Add These Plans to Your Cart Add These Plans to Your Cart
U.S. Orders Only U.S. Orders Only U.S. Orders Only U.S. Orders Only
Archimedes Water Screw Plans      
Archimedes Screw      
     
Add These Plans to Your Cart      
U.S. Orders Only

Multi-Pack Plans - Buy Multiple Plans and Save International Orders International Orders
Click Here

2 Plan MultiPack Make Your Own
2 Plan Combination
U.S. Orders Only
1. Select Plan # 1
2. Select Plan # 2
Then Click

3 Plan MultiPack Make Your Own
3 Plan Combination
U.S. Orders Only
1. Select Plan # 1
2. Select Plan # 2
3. Select Plan # 3
Then Click

4 Plan MultiPack Make Your Own
4 Plan Combination
U.S. Orders Only
1. Select Plan # 1
2. Select Plan # 2
3. Select Plan # 3
4. Select Plan # 4
Then Click

6 Plan MultiPack Make Your Own
6 Plan Combination
U.S. Orders Only
1. Select Plan # 1
2. Select Plan # 2
3. Select Plan # 3
4. Select Plan # 4
5. Select Plan # 5
6. Select Plan # 6
Then Click

Working Model Trebuchet Kit Calculate Trebuchet Shipping

Trebuchet Kit
U.S. Orders Only
Kits In Stock Learn More About How a Trebuchet Works
The trebuchet kit includes fully precut and drilled frame parts, pins and axles, sling cord and sewn pouch, projectiles and fully illustrated assembly and firing instructions. 

Unlike the flimsy, snap together plywood trebuchet kits, our all hardwood trebuchet kit does not require additional cutting, trimming or shaping.

Requires only white carpenter's glue and a few bar clamps (not included) to assemble. 


Fully Assembled Working Models

daVinci Trebuchet
U.S. Orders Only
Model in Stock
Learn More About How a Trebuchet Works
Inspired by the great war machines and siege catapults of Leonardo da Vinci , this all Red Oak hardwood trebuchet features an open counterweight cabinet for range and trajectory adjustment. 

Fire with an empty counterweight for indoor use, or add weight (nuts, bolts, scrap lead, iron or steel, sand, or small rocks not included) for increased range.

Individually crafted from cabinet-grade red oak, the da Vinci Trebuchet stands 14 inches tall in the cocked position, 24 inches tall in the fired position and will hurl a projectile up to 60 feet. Includes six projectiles and fully illustrated instructions.

To calculate shipping, select the first 3 numbers of your Zip Code


Contact Us Site Index Privacy Policy
RedStoneProjects.com TrebuchetKit.com TrebuchetKits.com
TrebuchetStore.com CatapultStore.com TrebuchetPlan.com
CrossbowBook.com
HowToBuildCatapults.com
CatapultPlan.com
Plans