Two hunting swords and one hunting spear, highly decorated on a green background

Research

The Royal Armouries encourages research into arms and armour and related subjects from all periods of history from antiquity to the present day.

Did you know?

The first modern rifle

The French 1886 8mm Lebel rifle was the first modern rifle: it had a small bore and used smokeless powder in place of the older "gunpowder".

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