The Chinese used ceramic pots that they buried underground to explode when planning ambushes around the 9th century. They also had something they called the "nest of bees" in which they used black powder to fire something like 30 arrows from but I believe that was around the 1300s . So that is -one- of the first projectile weapons to use black powder. But even earlier, according to howitworks, "Historians typically recognize Chinese fire lances, which were invented in the 10th century, as the first guns. These bamboo or metal tubes projected flames and shrapnel at their targets. Cannons appeared in Italy around 1320, where they were modified as European nations waged many wars. By the 16th century, European firearms had become far more advanced -- and far more deadly -- than their counterparts in the East."
A bit of googling delivered the following results.
Gun powder was invented in China, it was known to be used in the 10th century. The Chinese used it on explosive arrows, but those couldn't be called guns.
The modern cannon was invented about 1350 in Italy. A cannon can be seen as a heavy version of a gun. Guns were invented in the early 16th century also in Italy. They were in fact lightweight cannons, only with the difference that they used firestones instead of a fuse.
should be British empire during colonialism
Good question. China invented gunpowder and even used it in cannons, but not for military purposes. The first to fire a projectile...?
I tried to keep my mouth shut but I just can't. China actually did use their black powder powered projectiles in battle.
I had read Marco Polo was the first European to see Chinese fireworks and gunpowder, and he was surprised they did not use it in weapons.
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I believe china invented gun powder and I think it was the states that made the first musket..
My guess is also china
actually it was discovered as a possible medicine. They were looking for a potion for immortality. Guns have been uncovered from the Yuan dynasty
The pinnacle of irony!
Without googling my first guess is china.
They say that gunpowder was invented in China, so probably there. It would depend on your definition of "gun." Opinions vary.
the chinse had rockets, but i'll guess the italians were the ones who figured out what to do with gunpowder after marco brought some home