They look powerful, sleek and somewhat menacing. They have a special feel and just the right weight to make them fit naturally and comfortably in your palm. However, these beauties took many centuries to become available to the public. The first gun, a fire lance, was developed once the Chinese invented black powder during the 9th century. Originally made from hollowed-out bamboo shoots, warriors would stuff gunpowder into the tube which would work like a flamethrower. This predecessor of all firearms spread quickly through other countries.
Guns as we know them have been around since 1364 with the first recorded use of a firearm. With a multitude of designs over hundreds of years, the evolution of the firearm kicked into high gear once a revolver was mass-produced and made commercially available in 1836 by Samuel Colt. Then in 1866, William Elliot invented the first double-barreled derringer class pistol. The compact and reliable Walther PPK came on the scene in 1931 but found fame when Agent 007 packed one. From the Colt Python to the latest FBI firearms, handguns keep evolving and improving. To find out the type of handgun that would be right for you, take this quiz. It will match the type of gun to your lifestyle, traits and characteristics. Go ahead, shoot off all the answers right now.