When were firearms invented? Late 1500s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pax View Post
    "The prevailing academic consensus is that gunpowder was discovered in the 9th century by Chinese alchemists searching for an elixir of immortality."

    Is that ironic...?
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    When were firearms invented? Late 1500s?

    No, in 1911.
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    Looks like firearms were first invented back in the late 9th century and continued improvement continued until around 1911. Since then we have been content just to refine and streamline the manufacturing process with no real improvement in the actual product. Seems like in the last 95 years someone would have come up with a revolutionary change but I guess all the creativity has gone to electricity and cars. Or is it that the 1911 design is so perfect that it can't be improved?

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    Or is it that the 1911 design is so perfect that it can't be improved?
    Its simple and it works.
    What is there to improve?
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