Category Archives: guns

You’re in the Army Now

On my drive from New Hampshire to Atlanta for Dragon*Con, I had the opportunity to stop off in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to visit the Army Heritage Education Center, or AHEC. The AHEC has a very nicely designed museum indoors, and a … Continue reading

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Handgun Control in Medieval Japan

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a nice exhibit of Japanese arms and armor. Toward the end of the exhibit hung two very elegant matchlock guns dating to the Edo period (the 17th century). A small accompanying sign stated … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Gunpowder Weapons in 14th Century England

There are a number of timelines of handguns on-line, but most have only a single date for the 14th century (and not even the dates listed by the others).  Then I found this one, by the Medieval Combat Society.  Good … Continue reading

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Smarten up, Museums–don’t Dumb it Down!

One thing that pisses me off about museums and historical sites is when they don’t have any documentation of the truly unique aspects of their collection.  No catalogs, monographs, research or historical books in a gift store filled with stuff for … Continue reading

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Thanks for Sharing your Obsessions!

A couple of the titles I’ve recently added to my shelf are chapbooks produced by the Society for Creative Anachronism, as part of their Compleat Anachronist series. The latest one I acquired is “Handgonnes in the Middle Ages” by Don … Continue reading

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Potshots and Fantasy

On my recent research trip to Germany, I was kicked out of a couple of museums at closing time.  I wish I’d had more time especially in the Kolnisches Stadtmuseum, a wonderful place rich with history and helpful displays.  Also … Continue reading

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