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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World's biggest bore!

The largest bore gun ever built fired a cast iron ball weighing around 1 tonne, measured 3 ft in diameter, contained 215kg of gunpowder, and fired to a range of 2.4 km (1.5 miles). It is on display at Fort Nelson.