Hilt of an indian sword decorated with gold

India

Arms and armour have featured as a central part of Indian culture from the earliest times. The heroes of early epic stories, such as the Mahabharata, often ride on chariots and shoot bows. Archery played a central role in all Indian military until the widespread introduction of firearms in the 18th century.


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The first modern rifle

The French 1886 8mm Lebel rifle was the first modern rifle: it had a small bore and used smokeless powder in place of the older "gunpowder".