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A small ship's handgun of the 15th and 16th centuries. It had a calibre of 2.5 centimetres (1 in.) and fired a 227-gram (8 oz) ball with a charge of the same weight. The random range was a thousand paces. When the powder used was the same quality as that used in muskets, the charge was reduced by one-quarter. Robinets were upper-deck or ‘castle’ guns and were used purely in an anti-personnel role.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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