Hilt of an indian sword decorated with gold


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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Lock, stock, and barrel

A figure of speech meaning ‘everything’, or ‘total’, which comes from a complete gun having a lock, a stock, and a barrel.