The gunsmith Giovanni Battista of Ravenna proposed this gun shield to King Henry VIII of England, and King Henry ordered 100 to be made for his royal guards. They were really amazing and changed history forever. Many variants
There are two variants of gun-shield. One is Italian manufactured, and one British. The Italian is of smaller caliber and lighter. It is assumed the English version was meant to be used on ships, while the Italian to be handheld.
100 Gun Shields were made turned out to be very successful and 1000 more were made