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The Abus gun is an early form of howitzer or more likely a bazooka created by the Ottoman empire. They were small,Abus guns, despite being a form of howitzer, were primarily used as an anti-infantry weapon.William Johnson, "The Sultan's Big Guns." Dragoman v.1 no.2, Obtained March 4, 2007 from

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Its origins are not known. Early artillery such as this gun opened the way for the developments in artillery that we have made across the ages, and spawned more recent and familiar types of artillery. They continued to develop it; by the Napoleonic era,<blockquote>
Each regiment of foot artillery was made up of 10 cannons; four of the older, heavy Balyemez and Sahi cannons, two of the older, lighter Abus guns and four of the new French-designed field guns... each of which came in a bewildering range of sizes. The ''Balyemez'' were massive, long-range guns...''Sahi'' was the Ottoman word for "field," and therefore Sahi artillery meant simply field artillery... The Abus guns were a form of howitzer and came in 10- and 7centimeter diameter bores. The French-design guns were known as SuratTopcusu (speed artillery) because of their greater mobility." <ref......

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