- Dec 25, 2019
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I was surprised to learn apparently these axe-guns were actually really popular, especially in Poland. I honestly thought it was a gimmicky joke when I drew the picture, the equivalent of Mall Ninja gear for that century, but apparently axe guns were just a thing that people did and there were lots of them. Here's a picture of a Polish museum piece for comparison, yoinked from Wikipedia.
I guess tactically I can see this for cavalry, opening up a bunch of holes right before your charge hits would make a cavalry attack much rougher, and you may not have a chance to swap weapons. That still seems really niche though and I'd think you'd want a proper cavalry weapon, perhaps not a gunlance since lances broke so easily but maybe a Gunsaber? Why an axe? Did cavalry frequently do attacks with an axe?
Good point.Muzzle loaders take so long to reload, the idea was probably that you'd fire it once at the start of battle and then use the axe for the rest of it. If the action gets damaged, that can be taken care of after the battle.