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Hailshot

In 1573, a German known only as Zimmerman invented hailshot, a form of case shot that also had an explosive charge to burst the canister and a fuze that was ignited by the propellant charge. Another type of hailshot was usually found in naval antipersonnel weapons and included a special hailshot gun and cubic-formed shot. The hailshot gun was heavy – on the order of a hand cannon and usually provided a means of resting it on a ship’s railing to control recoil. Hailshot guns sometimes had rectangular muzzles.