Pistols: For the Rich Only
Handguns, or pistols, are very commonly owned by civilians today. However, only the rich would buy pistols in the 18th century. Their extremely short range and limited power make them unusable for almost all the uses of the firearms discussed so far. However, ornate decoration allows them to show off the owner's status and wealth. They were also used in war by high-ranking officers who didn't need the encumbrance of a musket but wanted some protection just in case.