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A Rough Guide to the Development of Muzzleloading Firearms


Mid 1300s - First primitive hand cannons using black powder

Early 1400s - Matchlock developed

Early 1500s - Wheel lock developed, early rifling now present

1607 - Jamestown settled

Early 1600s - Flint lock developed,  rifles used in hunting and target shooting

Early 1700s - Flintlock musket reaches full development

1750s - European jaeger rifle used for light infantry


Late 1800s - Smokeless powder developed

Late 1900s - Black powder replacement powders developed

Early 2000s - Smokeless powder used in specially designed           muzzleloaders