Qiang Chong (鎗銃)

Ming Chinese Umbrella Gun
Drawing of a Qiang Chong, from 'Wu Bei Zhi (《武備志》)'.
Qiang Chong (鎗銃, lit. 'Gun-spear') is a type of heavy, (presumably) crew-served combination weapon. Despite its simple and straightforward name, the weapon is anything but simple. In fact, this monstrosity consists of a spear, a small double-barrelled gun, a foldable leather "umbrella shield", and twelve sword blades attached to the shield.

Needless to say, this weapon is definitely one of the most impractical weapons ever designed. It has all the downsides of a Xun Lei Chong (迅雷銃), but none of its advantages. Not only Qiang Chong's foldable shield adds unnecessary complexity and cost compared to a simple gun shield, its twelve blades that add so much weight (the blades alone weigh fifteen pounds!) to the weapon actually serve no real purpose other than intimidation. On top of that, for such a heavy, complex and costly weapon, Qiang Chong's firepower can hardly compete with that of a San Yan Chong (三眼銃)!

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