Yeah, but it also evolved into cool-looking halberds, and even when it was just a plain spear it would have been longer than that. A polearm weapon isn't much use if it's not much longer than a standard sword.
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Thanks; the handgonne was very easy to use, cheap to make, not as affected by weather as stringed weapons like bows, and apparently was rather good at penetrating plate armour. It lacked accuracy but I would guess at this range it would be pretty effective.
it's got a chance of piercing the knights armor, but if we're still seeing full plated knights, I doubt this is a gun capable of consistently penetrating armor with lethal effects, but when the gun goes boom, the knights horse is goin to lose his shit, so the gun man has a chance of survival, but I'd tell him to fight another day if the knight resist the first bullt