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Today, courtesy of Mike Carrick from Arms Heritage magazine, we are taking a look at a quite old Indian matchlock “toradar”. Not just any matchlock, but one with a 4-shot revolving cylinder. Matchlocks appeared in India in the 1500s, and repeating ones like this appeared by the 1600s – firearms development was not the exclusive domain of Europe. This particular example shows influences from both east and west, with a typically Asian forward-moving match and a stock resembling an Afghan jezail.
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