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7 Fun Facts About Firearms

The Pistol Originated in 15th Century Europe

Granted, Europeans weren't exactly packing Glocks back then, but historians attribute the modern-day pistol to 16th century Europe. These were essentially hand cannons in which a projectile and gunpowder was placed. Once the gunpowder was ignited, it would shoot the projectile out of the cannon and towards the target.

3D-Printed Guns

You might be surprised to learn that guns can be manufactured via 3D printing. The world's first 3D printed gun was the single-shot Liberator pistol. Produced by Defense Distributed, it fired .308 rounds – well, one round technically. Soon after Defense Distributed released the blueprints for it, however, the United States Department of State forced them to remove it, viewing it as public safety hazard.

There are 100 Million AK-47 Rifles

To say the AK-47 is a popular rifle would be an understatement. According to some reports, there are roughly 100 million AK-47-style rifles in existence. In fact, the  Kalashnikov has even made it into the Guinness Book of Records for being the most widely spread weapon in the world. Of course, there's a good reason for this: the AK-47 is powerful, reliable, accurate, and relatively inexpensive to produce and purchase.

Samuel Colt Created the Revolver at Age 16

Samuel Colt is credited with inventing the first revolver-style handgun at the young age of just 16 years. Samuel went on to found Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company, which was later rebranded as Colt's Manufacturing Company. Today, the Colt revolver remains an iconic piece of firearm history.

Picasso Fired Blanks at People

Renaissance painter Pablo Picasso certainly had a unique sense of humor. Reports indicate that he carried a pistol filled with blanks and would shoot at people who he thought were dull.

Russian Astronauts Carry Guns into Space

It's pretty amusing to think of astronauts carrying guns into space, but their reason for doing so is even more mind-boggling. While the Russian government has yet to confirm or deny these reports, rumor has it that the Russian astronauts carried the TP-82 survival pistol into space so they could defend themselves if their return to Earth strayed off course. More specifically, the TP-82 was designed to protect astronauts from bears.

Designer of Glock Fired Prototypes with Left Hand

Even though he was right-handed, Gaston Glock, designer of the Glock pistol, test fired all of his prototypes using his left hand. Why did he do this? Well, reports suggest that Gaston was worried that a malfunctioning prototype could injure his hand, rendering him incapable of drawing up new blueprints. So if a prototype exploded in his hand, it would injure his non-dominant hand, allowing him to continue drawing up new blueprints for the Glock.

These are just a few wild facts about firearms. If you have any others that you'd like to share, let us know!

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