This War of the roses period handgonne represents the simplest form of firing mechanism, the touch lock. Although refered to as a lock this ignition mechanism is little more than a touch hole to which a glowing match is applied, or in later models of handgonne, as can be seen in the photo below, a pan may be fitted to the side of the barrel increasing the probability of ignition.

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Handgonne - War of the roses period - Manufactured by Oak Arms Ltd Bulgaria.

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