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“The first form of hand-gun which could fairly be compared with the modern musket. those of earlier date were fired by applying a match by hand to the touch-hole; but about the time of the battle of Morat, in 1476, guns were used having a contrivance suggested by the trigger of the arbalest or cross-bow, by which the burning match could be applied with more quickness and certainty.” — Chambers’ Encyclopedia, 1875




Chambers's Encyclopedia (Philadelphia, PA: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1875)


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