|Drawing of a dart-shooting Shen Qiang, from 'Wu Bei Zhi (《武備志》)'.|
|Drawing of a shrapnel-shooting Shen Qiang, from 'Wu Bei Zhi (《武備志》)'.|
|A Yongle period bronze handgonne with touch hole cover.|
Shen Qiang shoots heavy metal-tipped dart made of Ceylon ironwood, which is considered expensive, inaccurate and hard to use (less experienced soldier sometimes jam the dart tip-first into the barrel). Newer handgonnes such as Kuai Qiang (快鎗) and San Yan Chong (三眼铳) replace the heavy dart with lead shot. There's also a late model of Shen Qiang with wrought iron barrel, that shoots poisoned lead shrapnels instead of wooden dart.
|Joseon Dynasty Seungja Chongtong (승자총통 or 勝字銃筒), a handgonne that can shoot either wooden dart or lead shot.|
Korean inherited dart-shooting firearm from the Chinese and derived many new designs on their own (the first Hwacha, for example, was mounted with dart-shooting cannons instead of rockets). They also retained the use of wooden dart for much longer.