Royal Armouries

Early Scholars

Diplomatic gifts from Tokugawa Japan

Japanese swords

Japanese Staff Weapons

The Birth of Stainless Steel

Guns of the 'Old Wild West'

Did you know?

Is newer better?

The last cast-iron British smoothbore cannon – the 68 pounders – were the same calibre (8 inches) as the heaviest guns of King Henry VIII three hundred years earlier. Their performance was probably not very different either!