Selected Passages from Hungarian-Ottoman Wars between 1372-1699

Pistols from Austria and Germany, 16th century, exhibited in Vienna…

According to the sources, Hungarian Hussars were equipped with a pair of pistols as early as 1571. It certainly gave them an advantage over their adversaries, the armored Ottoman Sipahi cavalrymen who despised firearms.

Zrínyi Miklós (Nikola Zrinski) with a pistol, 1567 (by Nicolo Nelli)

Below, you can see pistols exhibited in Vienna from the 16th century.

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