|Bâton à feu.|
Bâton à feu (1380). Musée de l'Armée.
|Place of origin||Western Europe|
|Used by||Western European countries|
|Wars||Hundred Years War|
|Barrel length||18 cm|
The Bâton à feu, or Baston à feu (French for "Fire stick"), is a type of hand cannon developed in the 14th century in Western Europe. This weapon type corresponds to the portable artillery of the second half of 14th century.
The Bâton à feu at the Musée de l'Armée in Paris has an hexagonal cross-section, and looks like a steel tube. It weighs 1.04 kg, and has a length of 18 cm. Its caliber is 2 cm.
In order to facilitate handling, the metal piece was placed at the end of a wooden pole. The powder was ignited through a small hole at the top, with a red-hot steel stick.
- Notice at Musée de l'Armée, Paris.
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