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In about the year 650 A.D., or somewhere near either side of that, someone somewhere in Ancient China discovered a way to mix sulfur, charcoal and saltpeter in such a way that they would explode violently when exposed to flame. This was the birth of what we now know as gunpowder. And therefore the portent of death for billions of poor bastards the world over. As time progressed and the true power of gunpowder (AKA black powder) was harnessed for use in firearms, the “inventiveness” of the human mind took off, creating ever more exotic, complex and, often enough, totally insane guns. Say, why not talk about five of those crazy firearms right now?