Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==Description== The arquebus was a shoulder-fired firearm which used the matchlock mechanism, the first mechanism to facilitate the firing of a handheld firearm. The trigger on early arquebuses were similar to those of medieval crossbows. When the trigger was squeezed, a curved arm known as the serpentine was lowered, plunging a slow-burning match into the flashpan and firing the weapon. An Arquebusier on guard duty would burn about 1 mile of slowmatch rope every day, if he kept the match lit continuously. The show confirmed that it uses .69 to .80 caliber musketball rounds. The reloading time of an arquebus was about 30-60 seconds, depending on the model of the gun and the skill of the musketeer (The Deadliest Warrior test took: 56 seconds to reload, aim and fire). This effective range is about 30 meters if firing at an individual or if the enemy was wearing plate armor; a shot from longer distance wouldn't be able to pierce a strong steel plate (as Muzzle Velocity decreases as distance increases). The maximum effective range of an arquebus against an enemy army is about 100 meters with some sources claiming it could extend to 120 meters. Arquebusiers would use a bandoleer to carry their ammunition. The average Arquebusier carried 12 rounds into battle. As musket technology improved, the amount of ammo a musketeer would bring increased; with ammo pouches replacing the bandoleer. *Length: 44 inches *Weight: 9 lbs *Caliber: .69 to .80 *Muzzle Velocity: 1351 fps Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Deadliest Warrior Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://deadliestwarrior.fandom.com/wiki/Arquebus"