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Chronology of Arms
1500 The arquebus and hackbut, the first shoulder fired arms
1530 The wheel lock appears, allowing guns to be carried ready for firing, leading to the development of the pistol, a singlehanded weapon.
1547 Earliest flintlocks developed in Spain.
1570 Rifled firearms developed in Germany.
1579 First use of red-hot shot from cannon.
1596 Introduction of a wooden, gunpowder-filled fuse to ignite explosive shells so as to burst them in the air over a target.
1625 Introduction of field carriages for field artillery.
1635 The perfected French flintlock mechanism, which becomes the standard ignition method in universal use by 1660.
1647 French introduce the bayonet.

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