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!===Faults=== Not all societies who witnessed the Arquebus adopted it. Native Americans and other tribes of the world considered the weapon to be too slow firing and they didn't need an armor piercing weapon since most of their enemies were lightly armored tribesmen. Native Americans also could make arrowheads out of the relatively abundant stones like flint, but did not have access to lead or gunpowder without trading with or raiding from the Europeans. Native Americans eventually did adopt the arquebus on a large scale; most noticeably during the Beaver Wars. Because the match and powder was exposed, the Arquebus was often unreliable in rain or high humidity. Future muskets would use wheellock or flintlock firing technology; which was relatively more water resistant. The match itself was a long rope, normally hemp, that needed to be constantly lit to allow the Arquebus to fire at a moment's notice; not having the match pre-lit would mean the arquebuseer would need to spend time to ignite the match, making him vulnerable to an ambush. Gustavus Adolphus attempted to solve this weakness by having only 10% of his arquebuseers with their matches lit while his army was on march; the Swedish would be able to fire back at an ambush, potentially slowing down the ambush long enough to get the other Arquebuses within the army lit. It is estimated that a match loses 10-15 cm per hour. Skilled archers could still outperform the Arquebus in range and accuracy, and light bows and crossbows can compensate their relatively inferior range with a higher rate of fire: so bows and crossbows still existed in certain armies. While Knights and Tercio could block arrow fire with their steel armor; units without such high quality armor would be exposed. Some armies created special steel plate that was noticeably thicker than before to be bulletproof, and was effective against guns until more powerful [[Musket]]s was invented: although such armor was expensive and rare. Western warfare during the time of the Arquebus still used traditional medieval melee weapons to support the slow rate of fire and poor accuracy of the Arquebus. One of the most popular methods was the Pike and Shot, where spearmen would be a line of defense while the musketeers fired over them. About 1/3 of a Tercio unit was purely pikemen only. As musket technology improved and [[bayonet]]s replaced pikes; this tactic was replaced by [[Napoleonic]] Warfare. The Arquebus was so heavy that using the gun without a rest could fatigue the user or make aiming more difficult. Gun-rests were used to stabilize and balance the weight of the arquebus while aiming. The Swedish under Gustavus Adolphus would use a 'Swedish feather', which was a hook on the side of their spear to act as a gun-rest while still functioning as a spear in close combat; this was done as a substitute for the bayonet, which wasn't invented yet. The [[Bardiche]], famously used by Russian Streltsy, filled this role as well. The Dutch were one of the first armies to replace the Arquebus with the Musket: primarily because the Musket was relatively lighter. Gustavus Adolphus would also adopt this military reform, making his Musketeers as light as possible. As Muskets became lighter throughout the 17th century, the use of a gun-rest became increasingly less necessary. 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"