Early Gunpowder Weapons
Gunpowder was invented in China about the year 850. By 920 Chinese soldiers were using gunpowder to help set fire to buildings and a hundred years later explosive bombs thrown by conventional catapults had been invented. The first gun was produced in about 1130. It consisted of a vase-shaped barrel with a narrow neck. The vase was filled with gunpowder while a heavy bolt wrapped in cloth was rammed into the neck. When the gunpowder was set off a fountain of flames and smoke poured out of the neck shooting the bolt out.
from "Weapons of War" by Rupert Matthews.
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