Once again, the blogmeisters have given me the thankless task of coming up with a number (this time, eight) of things to pique your interest, vis-Ă -vis guns and shooting.
Here we are going to talk about some factors that had major influences in the field. Of course, there about ten gazillion things that could be considered, so please feel free to step in with your thoughts. Here are mine. Please excuse if some are painted with rather broad strokes, but we only have so much space and individual books can — and have been — written on them all.
Without gunpowder, of course, there would have been no guns -- unless you consider airguns, which certainly came on the scene early, but did have their limitations. Anyway, from the early serpentine to corned powders, through the various smokeless types, this is certainly the single most important development in firearms.