An ancient hand cannon
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An ancient hand cannon

The Hand Cannon From China Was The World's Very First Firearm

The fire lance, created in China in the 10th century, was the predecessor to what would become the world's first firearm. The matchlock arquebus, centuries later, was the first to have a trigger.
The hand cannon was more of a cannon than a gun, in that many of the first ones were large and couldn't be activated by merely pulling a trigger. Two people were needed to fire the hand cannon - one person would hold it with 2 hands while another would ignite it.
A hand cannon
A hand cannon
Lighting a hand cannon
Lighting a hand cannon
“They were heavy and required 2 people to ignite it.”
A matchlock hand cannon
A matchlock hand cannon
The barrel of an ancient hand cannon
The barrel of an ancient hand cannon
An ancient hand cannon
An ancient hand cannon
A matchlock hand cannon
A matchlock hand cannon