Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen!
These are pics of my early Landsknecht snapping matchlock. Spring loaded, depressing the trigger button on the lockplate releases the cock and smashes the matchcord into the pan. Heavy 19" .62 caliber smoothbore barrel.
The Landsknechts were professional infantry. By the Burgundian Wars of 1476-7 it was obvious that cavalry was useless against the newer mobile, and growing, Landsknecht ranks who were changing the face of warfare. Once Maximillian I allowed German mercenaries to be hired they became integral to many armies, fighting in almost all major European battles of the renaissance. The Landsknechts fought with Henry VII as well as VIII and Elizabeth I of England, Louis XI, Francis I and Henri II of France, Charles V, Ferdinand I, Rudolph II and Maximillian II of the Holy Roman Empire. They were renowned for their use of musket, pike, extra-long two-handed and the ubiquitous polearm shattering short swords.
This musket is posing with a Darksword Armory Katzbalger and early powder flask...
Frohes neues Jahr!
Last edited by HockaLouis; 12-29-2012 at 01:46 AM.