In the Europe, briefly after the appearance of firearm, gun-fired arrows made their appearance, but very soon after, the ball projectiles became standard ammunition used in both cannons and handgonnes and gun-fired arrows disappeared.

As for the Asia, the gun-fired arrows sticked for longer. For example History of Korean cannon mentions cannons firing darts/arrows in 17th century. What advantages does firing an arrow from cannon/gun has over firing a ball? In other words, why would they use it?

[While I am also interested in arrow-rockets, I am not asking about those in this question. What I am asking about is an arrow/dart put inside a firearm/cannon, and fired from it. I welcome any self-study resource recommendation.]

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    "gun-fired arrows disappeared" but they have recently made a comeback.
    – Steve Bird
    Nov 17, 2019 at 10:16
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    I imagine piercing power is greater, worth investigating that.
    – user31561
    Nov 17, 2019 at 10:16
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    As a guess, direct-fire mechanical scorpions used arrows, indirect-fire trebuchets used rocks. They were building new direct-fire weapons and tried arrows.
    – o.m.
    Nov 17, 2019 at 11:00


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