Jezails were simple and cheap muzzle-loader rifles used in India and the Middle East during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Jezails were relatively personalized weapons, as they were often handmade and thus very well crafted and decorated. Made for use in warfare, the rifles had long barrels and used large calibers of ammunition, although Afghan fighters were known to load them with nails and pebbles. With rough bullets, jezails were not only accurate, but also powerful, inflicting much damage on British troops during the Anglo-Afghan wars. They often appeared in the works of Rudyard Kipling, such as The Man Who Would Be King.