Empire Handgunner

An Empire Handgunner.

These state troops are armed with long-barrelled black powder weapons known as handguns, often manufactured by the highly skilled gunsmiths of Nuln.


The withering volley of high-velocity lead shot from ranks of Handgunners can break the most determined Orc Waaagh! or unhorse even a heavily armoured Chaos Knight.[3a]

Handgunners are primarily equipped with handguns, as their name suggests. These long-barrel weapons fire single lead balls at high velocity via a black powder explosion. A shot from a handgun is more powerful than an equivalent arrow, and can penetrate armour with ease. However, handguns are somewhat temperamental, and more crucially require a lengthy reloading drill compared to that of a bowman or crossbowman. Additionally, handgunners must carry black powder on their person, making their duty somewhat more hazardous than that of less-advanced troops.

Despite this, handgunners are powerful and effective soldiers capable of crushing enemy onslaughts; their modernised way of warfare paves the way for more advanced weapons technology.


  • Portrait of a Handgunner
  • The famed Fireloques of Ferlangen.


  • 1: Warhammer Armies: The Empire (5th Edition)
    • 1a: pg. 62
  • 2: Warhammer Armies: The Empire (6th Edition)
    • 2a: pg. 6
  • 3: Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition)
    • 3a: pg. 37

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