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H 297 x W 210 mm

190 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour.

Published Aug 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803270326

Digital: 9781803270333

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Oman; Firearms; Guns; Cannons; Navy; Forts; Towers

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Ancient Weapons of Oman. Volume 2: Firearms

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This book presents a detailed overview of the firearms used in Oman over the last four centuries. Portable firearms, rifles and cannons are all discussed in detail with supporting illustrations. The weapons described in this book are mostly from the National Museum Oman and Bait al Zubair Museum in Muscat.



Introduction ;
1 Gunpowder ;
2 Matchlock Guns ;
3 Flintlock and Percussion Guns ;
4 Introduction of Modern Rifles in Arabia ;
5 Martini Henry Rifles ;
6 Repeating Rifles ;
7 Pistols ;
8 Cannons ;
Endnotes ;
Bibliography ;

About the Author

Vincenzo Clarizia is a collector of ancient weapons from all over the world. He started being interested in ancient weapons before he was twenty, studying, restoring and collecting edged weapons and firearms from Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Since 1996, he approached the study of Japanese swords in both their technical and practical aspects. He is currently practicing Japanese sword martial arts Iaido, Battodo and Katori Shinto Ryu, and he restores and collects Japanese blades and armours. He was also consultant for the National Museum of Oman, for which he assessed, catalogued and described its large collections of edged weapons, firearms and cannons.