Evolution Of Weapons
By: Austin Whisnant
16th Century Weapons
The start of the 16th century is when the wheelock was first invented. A wheelock is a metal wheel that spins around creating sparks which light the gunpowder. The traditional English weapon was the Longbow but pistols were on the rise. During the end of the 16th century the longbow was going out of use while the Muskets were on the rise.
17th Century Weapons
In the early 17th century weapons were fired by wheelocks and matchlocks. These were replaced with the flintlock which hits a piece of steel and flint to create sparks. They also had muskets during this time. Muskets took a while to reload so they were protected by men with pikes. A pike is like a really long spear.