Handgonne (5e Equipment)

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Simple Ranged Weapons
Weapon Cost Damage Weight Properties
Handgonne 30 gp 2d6 piercing 10 lb. Ammunition (range 30/90), loading, special, two-handed

The handgonne (or hand cannon, handgun) is the earliest type of portable firearm, a precursor to the arquebus. It is a simple barrel of metal or bamboo attached to a long handle. The black powder is ignited with smouldering wood or coal, or with a cantrip spell. It can be loaded with a handful of pebbles; iron or stone balls; or a small cannonball. Handgonnes are quite inaccurate, but are simple enough for nonprofessional soldiers to use.


It takes 1 minute to prepare a handgonne for firing. A character within 5 feet of you use a Help action to assist you loading and firing a handgonne, such that you require only an action to load the ammunition and black powder.


The handgonne uses serpentine powder, at half the cost of gunpowder.

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