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Armory section depicting ancient weapons like swords, shield, battle axes, guns, flintlock pistols makes an important milestone in the march of civilization. The travelers through the peaceful valleys of these hills will hardly imagine that only few generations ago these tracts were the scene of endless warfare. The gun called the zezail rested on a tripod was used in a seize to defend forts. Long barrels mounted bus(bandook toredar) and those with bell mouthed muzzle has pans in which fire was put and the guns were loaded with muzzle loading rods known as gaj attached to them. Sword was the chief weapon of choice and was effective in the decisive hours of clash at the close quarters. Along with swords came the shield. The spears which are on display were the chief weapons of horseman. The pistol (tamancha) was also used in Himachal Pradesh as early as 17th century but was confined to higher ranks and was known as sher bachcha. A priming horn for storing gun powder can also be seen on display. It is known as rinjak or shinghara in the hills.

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