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Updated by Fusion 360 on Dec 12, 2014
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5 of the Most Important Guns in History

The gun has seen quite the evolution through time. What started off as large canons has lead to small handguns that are kept in homes safes all across the country. There have been several important guns throughout history that have made an impact on society and the way guns are used today.

Gatling Gun

The Gatling Gun, invented by Dr. Richard Gatling in 1862, was the first machine gun in history. The gun consists of six barrels that rotate with a hand crank. Each barrel was then filled and fired mechanically. It’s definitely not one you’d be able to put in home safes today.

Colt Peacemaker

As the first revolver, the Peacemaker was revolutionary to the gun world. In 1873, it made its debuted and became the most commonly used gun during the Wild West era.

M2 Browning

This lethal gun was one of the most impressive machine guns in history. Designed in 1933, it was popularly used during the World War I and was given the nickname “Ma Deuce” because if its intimidating nature.




Major Uziel Gal created this 9-mm submachine-gun for the Israeli Army in 1948. With a telescoping bolt that wraps around the breech end of the barrel, the gun could be made smaller and more compact, making it the perfect military weapon. This one you won’t find in your dad or grandpas home safes. 




This gun, created by Mikhail Kalashnikov, was designed as an assault rifle in 1947 for the Soviet Red Army in Russia. The weapon was simple, cheap while being extremely reliable, as accuracy was extremely important to the army. The gun was easy to manufacture while still being rugged and powerful, withstanding all sorts of situations.




Kate Giolas is a home protection writer. Information provided by Fort Knox. Kate writes for Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah. Find her on Google+.

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