It would stand as a testament to the professionalism and worth of the Ghaznavid armies that to simply afford their existence they had to be on a nearly constant offensive in search of plunder. Where amongst the various Turkish Dynasties of the West Ghulams made up only a small core of elites, such as the 500 Saladin brought with him to Egypt, they form much of the Ghaznavid’s regular army. Their Palace Guard alone stands four to six thousand strong, combined with a standing army including Ghulams and other various troops totaling 30, 000. Professionalism, or some amount of it, is much more the rule and not the exception for successors of Mahmud of Ghazni. For a multi-ethnic army like the Ghaznavids, the weapons varied upon nationality. Recurve bows, maces, battleaxes, lances, curved swords and javelins saw use by Turks, Tajiks, Kurds, Arabs, Khorasanis, Punjabis and Indians. Yet if one were to seek a symbolic weapon of their Ghulams, the guardians of the Sultan and those of whom this dynasty originates, it would be the Mace. Ever-held in high regard by the Persians as well the Turks, these Ghulams of the Ghaznavids set themselves apart from many other horse-archers by being willing, even wishing, to set aside their bows and bring forth shield and mace to fight up close. Their zeal and discipline keep them from rushing ahead impetuously, however, and only upon having weakened their foe with rapid shower-shooting will they seek to fight them.