The firearm accessories of the infantry shooters from the 14th to the 17th Cover Image

Oporządzenie strzelców z ręczną bronią palną w XIV-XVII w.
The firearm accessories of the infantry shooters from the 14th to the 17th

Author(s): Piotr Strzyż
Subject(s): Archaeology
Published by: Łódzkie Towarzystwo Naukowe

Summary/Abstract: The introduction of the firearm implied the necessity of using a number of accessories. We can divide them into two basic groups: 1) servicing and maintenance accessories, and 2) operating accessories and objects used to store them. The first group comprises: ramrod, gun worm, cleaning rod, pricker, screwdriver, and spanner. The second group includes: fuse, bullet pouch, powder flask, priming powder, bandolier, bullet mould, linen rags, buffet and gun flint. The array of accessories grew with the technical development of firearms. At first, the accessories included but a few really indispensable objects, such as ramrod with gun worm and cleaning rod, bullet pouch and fuse. The range of accessories was systematically extended and, subsequently, it became necessary to own a suitable spanner, screwdriver, powder flask and priming powder, as well as many other objects which enabled the use and the maintenance of the weapon. Consequently, as soon as 16th century the infantry shooters had to go through a time-consuming and strenuous training to become skillful in the use of his firearm.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 54
  • Page Range: 131-144
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish