go back centuries. The Stockholm National Historical Museum
has examples of fourteenth-century handguns. In actuality, it was a miniature hand
Black powder was packed into the tube and a bullet or stone was wedged into the opening. The pole was around three feet long, and the user tucked it under his arm. To fire it, an ember was placed on the touchhole, which ignited the powder. The barrel of the tube was usually about seven inches long.