• Nikhil Badveli

World's First Gun

The first thing that comes to everyone's mind when they hear the word gun is violence in some form or other. But as with every weapon a gun can be used in two ways - to defend yourself or to attack someone else. It all depends on you.

The above image shows a beautiful artistic gun which is considered as the first gun ever made.

It is a double barreled wheellock pistol crafted by a German gunsmith named Peter Peck of Munich, Germany in the year 1540.

The first gun was made for the Emperor Charles V who is known for being a firearms enthusiast.

It is one of the earliest European pistols that are still surviving as of today. This gun is kept in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In a nutshell about the first gun

  • Gunsmith - Peter Peck

  • Artist - Ambrosius Gemlich

  • Year - 1540

  • Material - Steel, Ivory, Gold, Cherry wood, Staghorn

  • Dimensions - 49.2 cm (19.4 in)

The Pillars of Hercules

Double Headed Eagle

In order to symbolize Emperor Charles V reigning over two empires (Spanish and Holy Roman empire), the bodywork of the gun has two symbols.

One is a double headed eagle for symbolizing the Holy Roman empire and the other is an image of the Pillars of Hercules, a symbol of the Crown of Spain

Did you know?

Before this gun there was a hand cannon (not exactly a gun in the modern sense) called Heilongjiang Hand Cannon in the year 1288 made by an unknown gunsmith from China.

Some people consider this as the oldest existing gun in the world.

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