History of firearms

Timeline created by kyleA
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  • Jan 1, 1232

    Chinese invent gunpowder

    Chinese invent gunpowder
    Chinese invent gunpowder and a weapon called the 'Fire Lsnce'. It was used to launch ignited gunpowder at a target.
  • Jan 1, 1364

    First recorded use of a firearm

    The firearm was operated with both hands, one hand would hold a burning wick and the other held the firearm. The wick would come in contact with a "touch hole" and it ignited the gunpowder inside.
  • Jan 1, 1400

    Matchlock guns (1400s)

    Matchlock guns (1400s)
    The Matchlock gun was the first mechanically, fired gun.
  • Jan 1, 1548

    Rifiling principle is discovered

    Rifiling principle is discovered
    Rifiling caused bullets to spin while increasing stability and accuracy.
  • Dueling pistols

    Dueling pistols
    Rapiers were replaced by dueling pistols that were specially made and were decorated.
  • Percussion cap guns invented

    Firing mechanism no longer uses flash pan.
  • Colt Revolver

    First multishot, revolving firearm that was mass produced
  • Guns begin to use pin-fire cartridges

  • Shotguns

    As more designs for muskets were created, the shotgun was created with the purpose of hunting birds.
  • Gatling Gun

    Doctor Richard Gatling designs the Gatling Gun, a six-barreled weapon capable of firing 200 rounds per minute.
  • Winchester rifle

    The generic rifle, it was cheap and produced in great numbers
  • Automatic handgun

    Joseph Laumann creates the first automatic handgun with a separate magazine in the grip.