The jezail, also known simply as the Long Rifle, was a type of simple and cheap muzzle-loading rifle or musket that was often hand-made and therefore exceptionally personalized. It was widely employed throughout India and the Middle East though it was not unknown for French nobleman to also favor them for hunting expeditions.
Unlike typical military firearms which adhered to strict standards in construction, jezails were typically hand-crafted and therefore could vary widely in craftsmanship. For their creators or users, a jezail could be a markedly personal weapon and therefore richly decorated to one's artistic tastes. In spite of this variance in design, jezails still generally shared common elements and mechanics, such as their trademark, deep curve in the gunstock.
While not manufactured for professional European armies, they were still weapons built for war and as such, possessed long barrels and chambered large calibers. Ammunition was also versatile, for aside from usual shots, the Afghans would also load their jezails with nails and pebbles. All in all, their often hand-made origin belies their deadliness; depending on the skill of the gunsmith, jezails could rank among the most powerful and accurate long guns of the 18th century.
Jezails were crafted and utilized predominantly among west and south Asian forces throughout the 18th and 19th century. They were notably standard for the Rifle Guards of the Sikh Empire, but despite their Asian origin, they found patrons in upper-class European society as well. Noblemen who regularly conducted hunting trips preferred the jezail for their sport. Thus, during the French Revolution, extraordinarily powerful jezails were available for purchase in Parisian markets and were rivaled only by Silver-Plated Muskets.
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- Assassin's Creed: Unity (first appearance)
- Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India (first identified as "jezail")