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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rifle

A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, with a barrel that has a helical groove .... The invention of the minie balls in the 1840s solved the slow loading problem, and in the 1850s and 1860s rifles .... The Colt Revolving Rifle Model 1855 was an early repeating rifle and the first one to be used by the U.S. ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_firearm

After the Chinese invented black powder during the 9th century, these inventions were later .... The first successful rapid-fire firearm is the Gatling gun, invented by Richard Jordan Gatling and fielded by the Union forces during the American ...

www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/g514/the-modernization-of-the-muzzleloaded-rifle

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 ...

www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/technique/gun-timeline

1364 - First recorded use of a firearm. ... 1509 - Invention of wheel lock (rose lock) . ... Samuel Colt developed the first mass-produced, multi-shot, revolving ...

science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/inventions/who-invented-the-first-gun.htm

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  ...

www.reference.com/history/invented-rifle-a376151bdab042a0

Marin le Bourgeois developed the first flintlock gun, which is the predecessor to the rifle. Captain Patrick Ferguson of Pitfours, Scotland is known for inventing the  ...

www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/rifle-history.htm

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.

www.britannica.com/technology/rifle

rifle: Firearm with a rifled bore —i.e., having shallow spiral grooves cut inside the barrel to ... Somewhat later the invention of metallic cartridges (joining explosive primer, ... The technology was first applied in the 19th century in single-shot, ...

www.thoughtco.com/history-of-firearms-1992122

Oct 13, 2016 ... Samuel Colt invented the first revolver -- named after its revolving cylinder. He was issued a U.S. patent in 1836 for the Colt firearm equipped ...