The Arquebus is the first handheld firearm equipped with a mechanical ignition system, having been invented in 1411 after the hand cannon was invented. The arquebus, unlike bows and hand cannons, were easier to wield and were easy weapons to train soldiers with.
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Origin: The Real World
Age: 609 (the earliest arquebus guns were made in 1411)
Classification: Long gun
Attack Potency: Street level (Assuming a 20 gram .60 ball and a powder charge of 65 grains, an arquebus has a muzzle energy of at least 900 joules)
Wielders: European soldiers from the 15th to the 17th century
Range: Deadly at up to 400 yards (365.76 meters)
Weaknesses: Arquebuses are significantly more dangerous to the wielder than bows. The arquebusier carries a lot of gunpowder on his person and has a lit match in one hand. The same goes for the soldiers next to him. Amid the confusion, stress and fumbling of a battle, arquebusiers are potentially a danger to themselves. Early arquebuses tended to have a drastic recoil. They took a long time to load making them vulnerable while reloading unless using the 'continuous fire' tactic, where one line would shoot and, while the next line shot, would reload. They also tended to overheat. During repeated firing, guns could become clogged and explode, which could be dangerous to the gunner and those around him.
Arquebuses will also disperse smoke when fired, making it hard to see the enemy after just a few shots. This makes it very easy to expose an arquebusier even with successful concealment. An arquebus' noise can be so loud that it could permanently deafen the wielder.