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Handguns are black powder weapons consisting of a metal barrel mounted on a wooden stock. The crudest versions are little more than small, hand-held cannons, which the user fires by poking a length of burning cord, known as a match, into a small touch-hole to ignite the charge. More advanced versions have firing mechanisms (locks) which use levers and springs to mechanize the firing process. The most advanced of these use self-ignition mechanisms (such as flintlocks) which remove the need for a match. Handguns have relatively long range, and can penetrate some of the thickest armour.[1a]

Users of handguns