Pierrier à boîte
|Pierrier à boîte|
Pierrier à boîte (1410). Musée de l'Armée.
|Place of origin||Western Europe|
|Used by||Western European countries|
|Wars||Hundred Years War|
|Effective firing range||?|
A Pierrier à boîte was an early type of small wrought iron cannon developed in the early 15th century, and a type of breech-loading swivel gun. It was part of the artillery of France in the Middle Ages, and the artillery of the Middle Ages in general.
The pierrier allowed for extremely fast loading and firing, as it expanded charges prepared in advance. On the downside, it leaked easily, leading to loss of power and safety issues for the gunners.
It remained in use until the 19th century.
Pierrier à boîte, cal 72 mm, length 140 cm, weight 110 kg, seized in Constantine in 1837.