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.

SUNDAY GUN FIRINGS

See and hear real live historic guns being fired for free.

26 July 2015

Fort Nelson

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Did you know?

Going off half-cocked

Many older guns have a form of safety that prevents the gun from being fired when the hammer is pulled halfway back. Sometimes a fault develops which allows the gun to fire when the hammer is in the half-cocked position, before a proper aim can be taken.

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