Do You Know Which Weapon Came First?

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John Miller

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Humans need weapons for both hunting and defense. And in the past few thousand years, weapons have evolved from simple spears to hydrogen bombs. Do you know which of the following weapons came first?

Which weapon came first?

Metal cartridge bullets (including a percussion cap) revolutionized firearms, making them easier and faster to operate. Napalm, an incendiary weapon, was first made in the early 1940s.

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Which weapon came first?

Boomerangs have been around since about 23,000 BC, and they were often used as hunting weapons. Domesticated horses became popular starting in 5300 BC and quickly turned into vital warfare tools

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The first mass-produced bolt-action rifles became common in the 1840s. Machine guns are clearly more complex and didn't appear until the 1880s.

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Which weapon came first?

The Gatling gun was the first continuously firing weapon known to humankind, and it created carnage throughout the American Civil War of the 1860s. The M-16 is a modern machine gun that was widespread during the Vietnam War.

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Which weapon came first?

Around 5000 BC, the Bronze Age gave birth to the first metal weapons of human history. Short daggers, of course, came first, and bigger and more sophisticated swords arrived later.

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Which weapon came first?

Gunpowder, one of the most important weapons in human history, arrived around 800. The first war submarine didn't come along until much later, around 1775.

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Which weapon came first?

Flintlock rifles, which rely on a flint to ignite a powder charge, were invented around 1817. The first mass-produced revolving handgun (or just "revolver") was made by Samuel Colt in 1836.

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Which weapon came first?

Before World War I, Germany accelerated development of U-boats, or submarines. Tanks didn't really appear until the Great War was well underway.

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Which weapon came first?

The Bronze Age (5000 BC) heralded metal swords of all kinds. The trebuchet (a type of sling projectile weapon) appeared in China around 500 BC.

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Which weapon came first?

In 1944, Japanese pilots began kamikaze attacks, in which they crashed their planes directly into U.S. ships. The atomic bomb, which came a year later, helped put a stop to that madness.

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Spears are much simpler than the bow and arrow (around 20,000 BC). That's why spears are perhaps the earliest weapon, going all the way back to around 400,000 BC.

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Which weapon came first?

Matchlock guns included a mechanism that automated the lighting of gunpowder -- these weapons appeared around 1450. Flintlock guns, which relied on flint to fire gunpowder, were introduced in the 1600s.

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Bayonets have been around since the 1600s or so, affixed to the end of muskets and then jammed into the guts of enemy soldiers. The Ka-Bar knife was adopted by the United States military and used extensively during World War II.

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Which weapon came first?

Chinese hand cannons were first made back in the 1200s -- one man held the barrel while another ignited the gunpowder. The Colt Peacemaker is a 19th-century invention.

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During the First World War, the British built the first tanks, which were meant to help break up defenses of enemy trenches. Nuclear bombs arrived for the first time a generation later, during World War II.

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The 1903 Springfield rifle was an early repeating rifle that changed combat in many ways. Exploding shrapnel shells, which inflict serious harm on anyone in the target area, were unleashed a century earlier.

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Which weapon came first?

Glock pistols, which rely heavily on plastic components, were introduced in the 1980s. The AK-47, however, is a popular machine gun that's been terrorizing societies since the late 1940s.

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Which weapon came first?

In 1862, during the American Civil War, the first iron-clad ships arrived and permanently altered shipbuilding practices. The first real warplanes appeared during World War I.

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In 1957, as the Cold War escalated, the Soviets created the R-7, the world's first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). But of course, the first nuclear bombs were created (and used) during World War II, more than a decade earlier.

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Supercavitating torpedoes use bubble physics to help torpedoes travel hundreds of miles per hour, and they were introduced in the '90s. The first real test of a high-energy airborne laser happened in 2008.

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The M60 machine gun was introduced in 1957 and saw action in Vietnam. The M1 Garand is a .30-caliber rifle that was the standard-issue firearm for American soldiers during World War II.

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Which weapon came first?

The first bulletproof vest made from fabric was created way back in the 1890s but it didn't really catch on commercially. The Uzi machine gun, with its distinctive shape and small size, began making waves in the 1940s.

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Which weapon came first?

The Maxim Gun was a machine gun that made the rounds in the early 1880s. The Colt Peacemaker was a six-shooter that hit the market about a decade earlier, and it helped to shape conflicts of the Old West.

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Which weapon came first?

The first hydrogen bomb was tested in 1952, and it was so powerful that it dwarfed the atomic bombs made just a few years earlier. Tomahawk cruise missiles proved successful in the 1970s.

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Which weapon came first?

It's likely that the simpler boomerang preceded the bow and arrow. Boomerangs emerged at around 23,000 BC, while the bow and arrow arrived around 3,000 years later.

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Which weapon came first?

Javelins, a type of throwing spear, appeared in around 300 BC. The much more sophisticated crossbow didn't emerge until around 1100.

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Which weapon came first?

Guided missiles are a modern technology that appeared in the middle of the 20th century. Smoothbore artillery, however, is much simpler and has been in use since the 1300s.

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Which weapon came first?

The M2 machine gun ("Ma Deuce") is a heavy machine gun that saw its first use in the 1930s. The Colt M1911, however, became a standard sidearm for American personnel in 1911.

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Which weapon came first?

America tested its first anti-satellite laser in 1997. The Taser, though, is a non-lethal stun weapon that's been around since the '70s.

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Which weapon came first?

The M1911 was adopted by the American military as a standard sidearm in 1911. The 9mm M9, from Beretta, replaced the Colt in 1985 as the official American sidearm.

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