Firearm

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*'''Smokeless Powder:''' A propellant used in firearms developed after the 1880s, smokeless powder gets its name because it burns more efficiently than black powder, thus reducing the amount of smoke released, significantly decreasing the amount of waste that accumulates inside the barrel, and providing more energy per gram.
 
*'''Smokeless Powder:''' A propellant used in firearms developed after the 1880s, smokeless powder gets its name because it burns more efficiently than black powder, thus reducing the amount of smoke released, significantly decreasing the amount of waste that accumulates inside the barrel, and providing more energy per gram.
 
*'''Musket ball:''' The first purpose-made type of ammunition was a simple lead sphere. Balls would gradually be superseded by the more aerodynamic "bullet" shape, improving range and firepower.
 
*'''Musket ball:''' The first purpose-made type of ammunition was a simple lead sphere. Balls would gradually be superseded by the more aerodynamic "bullet" shape, improving range and firepower.
*'''Cartridged Ammunition:''' Not a type of firearm, but worth mentioning. Cartridged ammunition consists of a projectile in an external casing with propellent. The first cartridges were made of paper, but metal casings later became the norm. This massively simplified loading and made breach loading and repeating firearms practical.
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*'''Cartridged Ammunition:''' Not a type of firearm, but worth mentioning. Cartridged ammunition consists of a projectile in an external casing with propellent and a percussion cap for ignition. The first cartridges were made of paper, but metal casings later became the norm. This massively simplified loading and made breach loading and repeating firearms practical.
 
*'''Bayonet''' A blade attached to the front of a firearm, allowing it be used as a spear in close quarters. Bayonets began to emerge in the 17th century in france, allowing infantry armed with firearms to fend off cavalry charges.
 
*'''Bayonet''' A blade attached to the front of a firearm, allowing it be used as a spear in close quarters. Bayonets began to emerge in the 17th century in france, allowing infantry armed with firearms to fend off cavalry charges.
 
== Firearms in Science Fiction ==
 
== Firearms in Science Fiction ==

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