Fei Tian Shen Huo Du Long Qiang (飛天神火毒龍鎗)

Ming Chinese Handgonne Firelance
Drawing of a Fei Tian Shen Huo Du Long Qiang, from 'Wu Bei Zhi (《武備志》)'.
Fei Tian Shen Huo Du Long Qiang (飛天神火毒龍鎗, lit. 'Flying divine fire vicious dragon spear') is an unusual weapon that combines a fork, a handgonne and a fire lance into one weapon. It consists of a pole-mounted bronze or iron handgonne with a fixed fork attachment, as well as two Pen Tong (噴筒) loaded with poison smoke gunpowder and poisonous dust. The fork attachment is smeared with poison as well.

This weapon shares many similarities with Dang Tian Mie Kou Ying Yang Chan (蕩天滅寇陰陽鏟), although its handgonne part and two Pen Tong can be fired separately.

2 comments:

  1. I noticed that Ming military manuals recorded many types of spear + handgonne or spear + fire tubes weapons, were they really that effective?

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    1. They are versatile at all range, but most useful to launch a short range volley just before close combat or to deploy smoke screen to cover the charge.

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