The First Firearms
Firearms have been around for over 500 years.
The first firearms were called "muzzleloaders." The shooter had to put black powder down the bore of the barrel from the front end of the barrel, called the muzzle. Muzzleloaders had to be loaded in a proper sequence or else they would not fire.
Muzzleloaders were slow to load, heavy, did not shoot far and performed poorly in damp and wet weather.