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Blunderbus­s

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17th century

The blunderbus­s took two forms: a muzzle-loading firearm that is often considered to be an early form of shotgun, and a handgun version known as a dragon. Both were particular­ly lethal when being shot at close range and they became especially popular among those fighting at sea.

But the dragons were more widely used by troops on the ground due to their portabilit­y and startling blasts, so much so that the cavalrymen who carried these lightweigh­t weapons became known as dragoons.

 ??  ?? Many early versions of the blunderbus­s handgun were decorated with dragon carvings — hence why they were called dragons
Many early versions of the blunderbus­s handgun were decorated with dragon carvings — hence why they were called dragons

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