From Matchlocks to Wheel-Locks in Early America — 1500 to 1740

From Matchlocks to Wheel-Locks in Early America — 1500 to 1740

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  1. Kermit Русская on October 28, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    I wish theres a game like this

  2. Trinity Cisneros on October 28, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    German dude at the end of the 16th Century: Ah, yes. I get credit for the volley line.

    Oda Nobunaga in mid-16th Century Nihon: Am I joke to you?

    Oda Nobunaga (the First Great Unifier of Japan), who wholeheartedly adopted the use of firearms (after the introduction of Portuguese arquebuses, in the 1540’s), famously used the volley line at the Battle of Nagashino, in 1575. (He had already developed the tactic earlier.) There, Oda employed three lines of 1000 arquebusiers, with 1000 firing their tanegashima (locally made (Japanese) guns), then falling back to reload, as the next two subsequent ranks fired. Also of note, the Takeda clan, the Oda and Tokugawa clans’ opponents, believed the Oda tanegashima to be useless, due to wet weather soaking the powder and fuses. However, the Oda clan had boxes over the pan, which prevented the powder from getting wet. Needless to say, the Takeda clan lost… horribly.

    The Japanese were especially adept at early firearms, in those days before the end of the Sengoku Jidai (period). The number of tanegashima produced was greater than all of the arquebuses of Europe combined. Some Japanese continued to produce tanegashima until the end of the Edo (Tokugawa) Jidai (the end of Shogunate Japan, 1865), as the gun replaced the yumi/yajiri (bow and arrow), or long pikes/swords, as the primary weapon of ashigaru (foot soldiers) and Samurai. (Yeah, the kitana was NOT the primary weapon of the Samurai, nor was it really ever.) Contrary to what fiction has one believe, the last days of the Samurai were dominated not by the Uchigitana (Kitana), but by the gun. The true events behind "The Last Samurai", during the Boshin War, near the beginning of the Meiji Restoration, had the Samurai fighting with their swords, only because they had run out of munitions, and decided on a suicidal charge.

    Just a little credit where it’s due. Oda Nobunaga was an absolute beast, and an interesting study, as is the whole of late Sengoku Jidai Nihon.

  3. David Tong on October 28, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    The pox, and other illnesses like it were not weapons, the damage that they did would have occurred regardless of the actions or intentions of the Europeans.

  4. Dwaipayan RoyChowdhury on October 28, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Excellent video. But if my memory serves me right, while talking about the "arquebus ", the weapon shown from around 1:34 is a type of snap-matchlock called the " tanegashima" which was made in feudal Japan. You can even see that the serpentine(the curved metal bar that is designed to hold the slow match) rests on a horizontal V-spring ready to "snap" the burning match on to the priming powder in the pan. The Portuguese introduced firearms into Japan during their expeditions in the early 1600s. The Japanese quickly adopted the new firearms and modified the design to suit their gunners. Expert metalworkers were abundant in Japan at the time and they managed to produce these in substantial numbers.
    The "arquebus" employed a far simpler lock(if it can even be called that) and was used in Iberia in the late 15th to early 16th century.
    It was distinct because it didn’t have any spring and the serpentine and the bar(which continued to the underside of the buttstock and pulling which lowered the serpentine) was a continuous piece that acted as a lever which was pivoted on a pin on the outside of the stock.

  5. Cera From The Land Before Time on October 28, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Am I the only one suffering from the Mandela effect? I thought guns were made in the 1600s

  6. Moody Dude on October 28, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    The idea that spain weaponized diseases is F A R beyond the scope of this documentary. Entirely different conversation. Plagues were ripping through native populations before Europeans even arrived. Could have been from the south pacific. Very problematic

  7. TheBelgianBeast on October 28, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    I’d like to learn more about late 15th and early 16th century European guns, does any one know where I should look for sources?

  8. AD Ray on October 28, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Then from wheellocks to(early flint designs)flintlocks and then from flintlocks to caplocks and then from caplocks to metallic cartridges

  9. Cute Krizu on October 28, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    the most amazing 11 minutes of my day (so far). Good job!

  10. Memesdone Right on October 28, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    This is what you like

  11. Rich Houle on October 28, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    This was great! On to Flintlocks next!

  12. Bernat Ferragut on October 28, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    The Spanish Tercios introduced the invention of the Arquebus mixing it with traditional spikemen. El gran Capitán ( Mr.Cordova) revolutionized battles with this new technology first in Europe and then in America for 150 years domintating the battlefield.

  13. Blue Sky Country on October 28, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    The wheel lock made a huge comeback in 1932… In the form of the Zippo and Ronson Original Windproof cigarette/cigar lighters.

  14. Homemade History on October 28, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    at the moment I am building a wheellock cavalry pistol. Your video is a nice footage to that. Thanks a lot

  15. Dave C. on October 28, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Loved the video. Beautiful pieces displayed especially the wheellocks. An area that barely gets representation

  16. rock ok on October 28, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    the background music is mars

  17. Darth Joystick on October 28, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    I wish Total War added more matchlock musket wars

  18. Irishman on October 28, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    My friend own an Aquabis.

  19. Muhammad Sodiq on October 28, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    A popular boys in school were flirting with all girls
    Rest of unpopular boys: i gonna end this boys career,pickup

  20. The 1009998 on October 28, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    There’s all sorts of wrong things here.

  21. Joseph Satri Cleofe Villanueva on October 28, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    At least the guns and armor are more realistic than the accents.

  22. Joseph on October 28, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Love Joshua Graham’s narration

  23. Santiago Cortez on October 28, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Idk why the wheel locks never took off

  24. Paul Lytle on October 28, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    I noticed you used a tanegashima as an example

  25. mowgli2071 on October 28, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Too much about the people, not enough about the firearms.
    For instance the doglock was just mentioned in passing. And it was mentioned that the snaplock wasn’t considered a true flintlock, but no real details were given as to why.

  26. Wek1 on October 28, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    That "German" Accent fucked my brain real hard

  27. Gustavo Anglada Cancel on October 28, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    😂 3:05 😂sus😂

  28. L0united on October 28, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    2:25 why was that Spanish soldier wearing a British sword?

  29. Rooky on October 28, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Faster rate of fire than a crossbow? What kind? If we’re talking about heavy crossbows that’s mainly for sieging and castle defense, then sure. If perhaps we’re talking about the french mounted crossbowmen (cranequinier) that uses a cranequin to span their crossbows, then sure. But if we’re talking about field crossbowmen that uses a spanning belt or a goat’s foot lever to span the crossbow, then that’s a big no. These field deployed crossbowmen were more common than mounted the mounted ones or the one intended for siege/castle defense.