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    Gun facts

    The earliest guns were believed to be constructed in China and in Northern Africa in 1250.

    The smallest working revolver is the C1ST, manufactured by SwissMiniGun of Switzerland. It is 2.2 inches long and weighs less than an ounce.

    The largest working rifle is “Big Ernie.” It’s over 33 feet long. It belongs to James A. DeCaine of Ishpeming, Mich., and is mounted on the back of a flatbed truck.


    Richard Gatling is credited with inventing the first multiple-barrel machine gun in 1862. It was hand-cranked.

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    Sir Hiram Maxim demonstrated his self-powered machine gun for the first time in 1884.

    SOURCE: Guinness World Records

    SOURCES: US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; December 2012 Gallup poll; National Rifle Association of America; Guinness World Records