Arquebus, or Harquebus, an early firearm. Several types of firearms were known by the name arquebus during the 16th and 17th centuries. All were fired from the shoulder or chest. The firing mechanism was originally a matchlock, a device that held a piece of burning wick and touched it to the powder in the gun when a trigger was pulled. Later, other firing arrangements were used.
Over the years, the science-fiction genre has amassed an impressive arsenal. Is anything from those fictional armories remotely close to becoming a reality?
Air Force, the air arm of a nation's military forces, usually separately organized as coequal with the army and the navy.