Advancement of Firearms

Timeline created by jeffreyscottbos
  • May 1, 1364

    First use of firearms

  • May 1, 1380

    Guns known throughout Europe

  • May 1, 1400

    Matchlock is created

    No longer does it rquire two poles to fire a weapon. The firing mechanism is on the weapon.
  • May 1, 1498

    Rifling Principle developed

  • May 1, 1509

    Invention of the Wheel lock

    Keeping something on fire is no longer required, But these are expensive.
  • May 1, 1540

    Rifling used in firearms

    Accuracy of firearms increses
  • First Real Flintlock

    Protected powder when the trigger was not pulled
  • Dueling pistols were fashionable

  • American Revolution

  • Percussion caps in general use

    Gunpowed was no longer exposed. It was held inside each individual bullet
  • Back action lock developed

  • Colt revolver

    first mass produced multishot revolver
  • First real shotguns

  • The Crimean War

    This was the last time muzzle loaded weapons were used in a war
  • First full rim-fire cartridge

  • Spencer Repeating Carbine patented

    7 shots fired in 15 seconds used in mass quantities
  • Breech loaded weapons in wide use

  • American Civil War

  • Gatling gun developed

  • First cartridge pistol

  • Winchester Rifle developed

  • First effective double action pistol

  • First automatic pistol