In the universe of human beings, individuals failed to desire the innovative concept of firearms. In fact, it was that guns were invented just to control the population. Later on, with the evolution of technology, the concept of having firearms changed. There were various reasons behind this; but, in any case, the development of this concept has proved to be beneficial. One of the primary reasons that made firearms a revolutionary tool was that the arms manufacturing industry evolved. Now, we will discuss why manufacturing industry emerged as a critical innovation which led to firearms development.
Gun powder was created when gun powder was discovered by a chemist. The idea of making a substance that can shoot multiple shots was conceived by him. As per the legend, Thomas Lee mixed water and potassium nitrate. He then combined them and formed a mixture called ‘powdered yam’. Later, James Wright designed the bullet, which uses powder like yam, and shot (or fuse) is created by gun powder. This was referred to as gun powder.
As mentioned earlier, gunpowder was necessary to make guns; the main component used was gun powder. In the past, this powder was made using lard, tallow fat. Lard, or vegetable oil, was made by rendering animal fat cells. This fat was then treated with salt and pressure was added to it until the fat liquefied. Afterward, the resulting gunpowder was referred to as tallow oil or fat. On the other hand, tallow or vegetable oil was made by using fish or meat fat which was first soaked and allowed to decompose.
Saltpeter, which was named after English Captain Cook, was a powder compound that could be used to create gunpowder. Saltpeter was developed by mixing sulfur, copper plate, silica, gypsum, anhydrites, and water. The combination of these ingredients produced what we know today as saltpeter. Saltpeter can be found in old mines all over the world. The term “saltpeter” comes from the fact that saltpeter will burn up when exposed to flame.
Gunsmiths played an important role in gunpowder empires. In fact, gunsmiths were considered part of the hierarchy of gunsmiths. As gunpowder became more popular, the demand for gunsmiths also rose. In these gunpowder empires, gunsmiths were considered experts who crafted guns that were both reliable and accurate.
Lastly, in accordance with the previous next article on this subject, the papal Resignation and deposition of popes are covered. There is no direct evidence that any pontiff was involved in the manufacture of firearms prior to 1512. However, there have been numerous accounts where some of the popes spoke about owning firearms. The contents of the previous next article will cover the specific dates in which specific popes were involved with gun manufacturing activities.