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The history of the rifle is complex, many types evolved in the 15th and 16th centuries as improvements to the musket. One famous early rifle, called the Baker rifle, was designed by Ezekial Baker in 1800.

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A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, with a barrel that has a helical groove .... These first started appearing sometime before 1740, one early examples being .... The Winchester repeating rifle was invented in the mid-1800s.

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The firearm was invented in China during the 13th century for usage as a signaling and .... The first successful rapid-fire firearm is the Gatling gun, invented by Richard Jordan Gatling and fielded by the Union forces during the American Civil ...

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Feb 11, 2011 ... The muzzleloading rifle is the oldest firearm on earth. It has been around since the start of the 17th century, yet the past 25 years have ...

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1364 - First recorded use of a firearm. ... The matchlock shown here was made around 1640, and is typical of the ... 1509 - Invention of wheel lock (rose lock).

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Mar 12, 2013 ... This particular firearm was the first gun that used mechanics to .... Prior to his invention, only one- and two-barrel flintlock pistols were available.

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The first was the French arquebus, a short-barreled firearm held at the shoulder and small enough to be handled by one man. A gunpowder-soaked cord burned  ...

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Jul 7, 2011 ... Rifle History. Around the beginning of this millennium, the Chinese invented a mixture ... The first firearms were bulky, heavy, and slow to load.

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May 11, 2010 ... The inventor of a rifled barrel is alleged to be one of two inventors, both of ... that his grooves were straight in nature and the first spiral grooves came from ... The Baker rifles were also based on the Jaeger rifle and its inventor, ...

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From the Kentucky rifle to the most modern sporting arm, accuracy has always ... and which he had invented, was significantly different from traditional rifles of the ... The first semi-automatic (one shot per pull of the trigger) U.S. service rifle, the ...