Gun Timeline. Historical timeline of the development of modern weapons starting at 1364 with the first recorded use of a firearm and ending in 1892 with the introduction of automatic handguns. Before the matchlock, guns were fired by holding a burning wick to a "touch hole" in the barrel igniting the powder inside.
Also asked, when was the first rapid fire weapon ever made?
On this day in 1718, London lawyer James Puckle patented the “Defence Gun.” The first well-documented rapid-fire gun in the world, the Defence Gun is considered a precursor of the machine gun. Since the 14th century, inventors had been attempting to create small caliber, rapid-fire artillery.
When was the first automatic machine gun invented?
Hiram Stevens Maxim of the United States was the first inventor to incorporate this effect in a weapon design. The Maxim machine gun (c. 1884) was quickly followed by others—the Hotchkiss, Lewis, Browning, Madsen, Mauser, and other guns.