Bâton à feu

The Bâton à feu, or Baston à feu (French for "Fire stick"), is a type of hand cannon developed in the 14th century in Western Europe. This weapon type corresponds to the portable artillery of the second half of 14th century.[1]

Bâton à feu.
Bâton à feu (1380). Musée de l'Armée.
TypeHand artillery
Place of originWestern Europe
Service history
In service1380-1400?
Used byWestern European countries
WarsHundred Years War
Production history
Designed13th century
Produced14th century
No. built?
Barrel length18 cm

Caliber2 cm
Effective firing range?

The Bâton à feu at the Musée de l'Armée in Paris has an hexagonal cross-section, and looks like a steel tube. It weighs 1.04 kg, and has a length of 18 cm. Its caliber is 2 cm.

In order to facilitate handling, the metal piece was placed at the end of a wooden pole. The powder was ignited through a small hole at the top, with a red-hot steel stick.[1]

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