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When was the first gun invented?
March 16, 2012 3:54PM
We don't know the exact date, and there is disagreement over the exact place. Early firearms (primitive cannon) began to appear in about the mid 1100s. The early locations where primitive cannon appeared included India, China, and Arab countries. The possible candidates would need metals like brass and bronze, the ability to work those metals, and sources of sulfur and saltpetre to make gunpowder.
Egyptian Mamalukes used hand guns against the Moguls in the 1260 battle of Ain Jalute
Personal firearms became more widespread by the 1400s.