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.
- 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