Cavalryman's weapons were the sword, wheellock pistol, petronel or arquebus
and the lance. Wheellock pistols above, on the left German styles, on the
A petronel. Note the distinctive dropped butt.
Gunpowder flasks from the Wallace Collection and stirrups that were recovered from a shipwreck ca. 1590.
|Swords - Virtually every cavalryman carried a sword. They were generally medium length, with a stiff single or double edged blade.|
|Pistols - Wheellock pistols were the norn. They had long barrels and used an intricate clockwork-like mechanism for firing which allowed the weapons to be loaded and spanned (cocked) but did not need to be fired immediately.|
|Long Arms - The Arquebus or Petronel were used by hagabushers. They were about 1 - 1 1/2 meters long overall and might have a dropped butt that was fired against the chest.|