Friday, 10 October 2014

Early Gunpowder Weapons

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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