The First Pistols: China's 1200s Handguns

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Previously, we at Mint Message talked about the martial art Fast Draw, an American martial art based around using pistols for conflict either by shooting the pistols or using them as an improvised club that lets you fight using hand-to-hand combat. Do you want to start shooting at your opponent before they can harm you in self-defense? Well, Fast Draw can be used for that. Do you not want to shoot your opponent, but want to fight them hand-to-hand without having to fire a single shot? Fast Draw has got you covered and this martial art is so useful that even the military is using this form of combat. But how did the pistols that are a part of this martial art and portable human combat come to be?


Well, we have a video above to help describe that for those who prefer the visual medium to learn, but we can also describe all of this in the following article: The first firearms were developed by the Chinese civilization. According to Science and Civilisation in China: Military Technology: The Gunpowder Epic, Volume 5, Part 7., a peer-reviewed text about history published by Cambridge, the earliest known pistols are bronze barrel handguns that date back to the 1200s.

These were portable canons that you had to manually load gunpowder into the chamber, adding the projectile, and lighting a wick on fire in order to fire it. They were made from metals like bronze and had very long barrels compared to modern pistols which were about 6.9 inches long.


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