I do have a major love for pirates, as anyone who knows me can attest for. The peg leg thing is pretty neat for effect... but not so much in practicality.
I actually had a pirate themed wedding and my husband and I are seriously considering a pirate themed nursary when we have kids (for a boy or girl)...
oh.. and I win... arrghh!
Actually, Miko, I'll have to agree and disagree with you there. It is true that during the Sengoku Period (1500 or so) in Japan, Ninja had guns. However, they had also learned of the use of gunpowder, and primitive firearms slightly before that. Ninja were not only trained in combat and stealth, but also in herbalism. This came from their background, as many ninja started as farmers, and used farming as a cover job.
That being said, Ninja had gunpowder around (if I remember correctly from my visit to Iga city...) 1300 AD... Roughly 200 years before the Portuguese brought their firearms over. It's true, that the European guns were more advanced... but they weren't the only black powder firearm in Japan at the time.