If there’s one thing that gun enthusiasts and non-gun enthusiasts can agree on, it’s that guns are fascinating! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just casually interested in firearms, get ready to learn some insane facts about firearms!
You may be surprised at how much you didn’t know! From the history of guns to their modern-day applications, these facts will have you itching to pick up a rifle and shoot some targets. Buckle up – it’s going to be an exciting ride!
Let’s start with the basics and learn a bit about the history of firearms before moving on to the more intriguing facts.
The Big Invention:
Guns were invented in China during the 13th century. It’s believed that Chinese soldiers used gunpowder to make fireworks, which is how they discovered its military application! Over time, these weapons evolved into real guns with trigger mechanisms and everything – pretty cool, right?
The Colt – Made by Colt
In 1848, Samuel Colt invented a revolver called… you guessed it – ‘The Colt.’ It was one of the most popular weapons used by cowboys and outlaws during that period. It’s even been said that The Colt helped Americans win their independence from Mexico! Pretty impressive for such an old gun.
One in Three People Have a Gun!
Today there are approximately 39 guns per 100 people worldwide. That means more than one-third of all humans have access to a firearm at any given moment! Unfortunately, this has led to devastating consequences in some places with high crime rates.
Facts You’ll Look Up Twice (because they are hard to believe!)
- Russians astronauts carry guns into space to guard themselves against bears (if they land off-course).
- It is lawful for any individual in Arizona to carry a weapon, but it is unlawful to wear nun chucks.
- In 2000, a Houston resident shot himself in the head while playing Russian roulette with a semi-automatic weapon. He was unaware that this gun always chambered a round when cocked. He subsequently received the Darwin Award. (Uh… Congrats?)
- In Kenya in 1986, an AK-47 was valued at 15 cattle. The price fell to just four cows by 2005.
- In the 1980s and 1990s, Jackie Chan carried several weapons to defend himself and other artists from the Triad.
- To ensure that he could continue drafting new designs with his right hand in the event of a catastrophic failure, the original inventor of the Glock handgun fired all prototypes in his basement using his left hand.
- The TASER is a name given to the Electric Rifle invented by Thomas A. Swift.
- Picasso used to carry a pistol with blanks in it, which he’d fire at people who made him bored. (WHAT!?!)
- Guns have been used in films more often than you’d think. A single prop gun was made for the movie The Matrix Reloaded and cost over $150,000 to make.
- If your handgun is under 950 FPS when fired at a watermelon from 15 feet away, it will not penetrate the fruit’s rind. It’ll bounce off like rubber! That’s why they use guns with less power during American football games – so players won’t get seriously injured by getting hit with high-velocity projectiles!! (Wow, really?)