- Feb 2011
I don't think the Shen Qiang fired both arrow and shot at the same time, it was capable of shooting both, but not at the same time. The 1415 Chinese handgonne was found with shot and sabot inside but no arrow.The Korean handheld guns that fired arrows (bores of ~1.6 and ~2.9 cm) before the 1440s as having ranges of 400-500 paces which would have been around 600-700 m. I don't think the Koreans fired both the arrows and shot at the same time.
Interesting, can you provide more information and sourcing about it.I believe there's a surviving 1372 or 1373 (fifth/sixth year of Hongwu Emperor reign, i.e. before Yongle invaded Vietnam) Ming gun already with a sabot in it.