As long as man has been alive, weapons have always been a necessity for survival. Among the most effective weapons man can wield is the firearm. Firearm’s, as many know, are used today in shooting competitions, to defend territory and, of course, to protect against threats. But, where did this effective and useful weapon come from?
Let’s take a look!
It all began during the Han Dynasty when a man named Wei Boyang wrote down the ingredients that would cook up the world of weapons forever.
It wasn’t until the mid-800s that there was any reference to gunpowder being used, so even though Wei Boyang knew the materials could be combined to make an explosion; he didn’t have the gun or the bullet to make his boom.
After many years of people experimenting with gunpowder in very unique ways, such as applying it to bamboo sticks and stones, the cannon was invented along with very small firearms in the mid-1300s.
This being the first real leap forward in firearm history led to the exponential exploration in firearms. By the late 1300s hand guns had made their way into Italy and many other countries. Although, these guns were not very effective in battle, it helped to bring us where we are today.
It wasn’t until the mid-1400s that a firearm capable of tearing through armor was invented.
Fast forward to the 1800s; the world is now filled with many different firearms including:
As new, better improved, firearms came into existence old guns, such as the muzzle-loaded guns, were retired forever.
Around the 1900s many of the guns created had become antiques, being out performed by newer technology. Automatic pistols became popular along with self-loading riffles and the first machine guns, which were all used by soldier in Vietnam.
Toward the end of the 1900s the first plastic handgun, the Glock 17, was fabricated and the Desert Eagle handgun 0.50cal was designed.
The world of firearms has advanced dramatically in just the past 50 years by designing and fabricating many high-performance guns, scopes, magazines and much more. Although it seems like firearms have advanced quite a bit from where they started, there is still opportunity for enhancement spotted through the scope.