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  • "We have to pass on to America in the 21st century the same Bill of Rights that those wise, old, dead white guys that invented this country passed on to us."

    -Charlton Heston

    History of Guns

    The earliest firearms used gunpowder to help propel the bullets and/or projectiles. Gunpowder was discovered in China in the 9th century. The invention of firearms soon followed in the 1100s, used in military battle.

    Europeans were introduced to firearms along the Silk Road in the Middle East. There is also another theory that proposes that firearms were brought to Europe during the Mongol invasion in the 13th century.

    The earliest repeating firearms were revolvers. First seen in 1836, they were originally revolving rifles that were sometimes called "turret guns". They could only be fired one way by manually cocking the mechanism before each shot. The revolver was slow to shoot and load, so the design was quickly revamped.

    The semi-automatic gun was introduced in the late 1800s to replace the single-action and double-action revolvers. These guns are typically fed from a tube or detachable magazine, commonly called a "clip". This design also eliminated the need for gunpowder because the black powder caused too many problems with the gun.

    (Information found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firearms)