I've noticed from many artistic depictions of the Sengoku Period of samurai and other such warriors in armor or full armor, wielding swords or bows on horseback, but you also see the art of long firing formations with many matchlock guns.

The reason this puzzles me is in Europe and many other places in the world, once gunpwoer, guns, and cannons started coming to the battlefield and nations started employing those kinds of weapons and tactics that we saw total abandonment of plate armor, sword and board combat, and other melee weapons besides large pike formations, Calvery or bayonet charges.

Now I am aware that plate-like armor has worked against bullets, such examples as Ned Kelly, but armor like that was impractical and didn't totally defend against firearms, so why if the , artistic depictions are correct, did the samurai still use swords and sometimes mounted archery and full armor in a time period where gun formations existed?

Source: reddit post


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