Fact File: Who invented the Gun? Invention: Guns *** Date of Invention: c. 1250 A.D. *** Name of Inventor: Unknown *** Historical Period: Medieval Era *** Category: Weapons *** Country of Origin: Ancient China ***
Fact 1: Who invented the Gun? The name of the inventor of the Gun is
unknown but it is believed to have been invented in China c. 1250 A.D.
during the Medieval Era era of inventions.
Fact 2: Who invented the
Gun? Prior to the invention of guns c. 1250 A.D. stone weapons had given way
to a variety of weapons with metal tips.
Fact 3: Who invented the
Gun? A terrifying fiery substance known as 'Greek Fire' was invented in the
7th century and the famous black powder, which would become known as gunpowder
was invented by the Chinese c. 1044 AD.
Fact 4: Who invented the Gun?
The formula for gunpowder, of charcoal (carbon), sulfur and saltpetre (potassium nitrate), was kept a closely guarded secret
and led to the invention of the gun about two hundred years later in 1250 A.D.
Fact 5: Who invented the Gun? The 'pinyin' or fire lance was a gunpowder
weapon that was invented in 10th century China during the Song Dynasty. The
'pinyin' or fire lance is considered to be a proto-gun, the predecessor of the
hand cannon, and the ancestor of all firearms. A pellet wad that was stuffed in
fire lance tube was used as a fire lance projectile, making it the first
recorded bullet in history.
Fact 6: Who invented
the Gun? Gunpowder was first used in ancient hand guns in which a burning
wick was held to a "touch hole" to ignite the gunpowder that had been loaded
into the barrel of the weapon. By 1380 during the Ming Dynasty 10% of Chinese
soldiers were gunners and totalled about 180,000 - there were more gun
specialists in China than the number of English and French knights, soldiers and
pages added together.
Fact 7: Who invented
the Gun? By the late 1200's gunpowder and guns had been introduced to
Europe. The word 'gun' is believed to have been derived from the Old Norse word
'gunnr' meaning "battle."
Fact 8: Who invented the Gun? Matcklock guns were developed by the
Portuguese in 1400 to improve the dangerous, manual method of firing a gun. The
Matcklock was the first mechanism, or "lock," invented to facilitate the firing
of a hand-held firearm.
Fact 9: Who invented
the Gun? The Matcklock was ignited with a "slow match" consisting of a
slender length of cord that had been chemically treated so that its end could be
lit and would continue to burn or smoulder.
Fact 10: Who invented
the Gun? Early firearms had smooth barrels that fired projectiles without
significant spin. Rifling was invented in the late 1400's in which twisting
grooves down the interior length of the barrel, called 'rifling', imparting a
spin to the bullet as it left the muzzle.
Fact 11: Who invented the Gun? Wheel Lock guns were invented in 1509.
Unlike the Matchlock guns that required a wick to ignite the gun, the Wheel Lock
had a steel wheel that created a spark that ignited the weapon
Fact 12: Who invented
the Gun? Flintlock guns were invented in 1630. Flintlocks had a gunlock that
had flint embedded in the hammer. The flint made a spark that ignited the
Fact 13: Who invented the Gun? Muskets emerged in the 16th century in
Spain. Muskets were muzzle-loading shoulder gun with a long barrel that
were originally fired by means of a match, or matchlock, then by flint as in the
Fact 14: Who invented the Gun? A Blunderbuss was a short musket of wide
bore with a flared muzzle, more like a shotgun than a "longgun" musket
Fact 15: Who invented the Gun? Percussion-cap muskets or Caplocks were
invented by Reverend John Forsyth in 1825 in which an explosive percussion cap
was struck by the hammer to set off the main charge.
Fact 16:Who invented the Gun? The Colt revolver was invented by Samuel
Colt in 1835 that enabled people to fire multiple shots without reloading
Fact 17: Who invented the Gun? The Percussion-cap guns superseded by
various types of rifles, such as the Springfield Rifles (1840) and the
Winchester Repeater Rifles (1866). The Carbine rifle was short enough to be
loaded and fired from horseback. The Spencer Repeating Rifle was made in 1860 by
the American inventor Christopher Miner Spencer.
Fact 18: Who invented the Gun? The Minie Ball, a highly destructive
bullet fired from a rifle, was invented in 1855 by the French inventor Claude
Fact 19: Who invented the Gun? The Gatling Gun was invented in 1861 by
the American inventor Dr. Richard J. Gatling. The Gatlings were six-barreled
guns that were capable of firing up to 350 rounds per minute.
Fact 20: Who invented the Gun? Hiram Maxim was the inventor of the first
portable, fully automatic machine guns called the Maxim Gun in 1862 and went on
to invent the first commercially successful 'silencer' in 1909. In 1892
Automatic handguns were invented by Joseph Laumann
Fact 21: Who invented the Gun? The Thompson Submachine Guns, the "Tommy
Gun", the first handheld machine gun was invented by General John T. Thompson in
1918. At this point we come to the end of the history of the gun as modern
technology advanced through the 20th and 21st centuries.
Fast Info and Fact File: Who invented the
Gun? Country of Origin: Ancient China *** Name of Inventor: Unknown *** Nationality of Inventor: Chinese *** Date of Invention: c. 1250 A.D. *** Invention: Gun *** Invention Era: Medieval Era *** Invention category: Weapons ***