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Old January 12th, 2011, 08:47 PM   #11
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 12:58 PM   #12
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One question in regards to Chinese gunpowder is when did they adopt the "corning" of gunpowdered? It was the European discovering of corning of gunpowdered that led to gunpowder developing its full potential. Corning, which is turning gunpowder into individual grains, made it both more stable, and allowed it to burn more efficiency, which in turn led to significantly greater power.

Early gunpowder was a powder, and the individual components of gunpowder could separate over time, since they were not chemically combined. Corning the gunpowder locked in the various components of gunpowder, making it more stable. Also, it allowed for better control the burn properties of gunpowder, because controlling the grain size of the gunpowder allowed for controlling of how quickly the gunpowder would burn. Grain size could be controlled by mechanical fillters selecting size.

The greater power of corned gunpowder led to it being far more effective,. So when did the Chinese adopt corning as a technique?
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Old January 25th, 2011, 04:34 AM   #13

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I read about it, but I doubt that really Ming obtained its firearm technology from Vietnam.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 05:19 AM   #14

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I remember seeing an episode of Mythbusters where they tested a 15th century Korean Hwacha "arrow cannon". It was powered with gunpowder and shot a bundle of arrows a decent distance if I remember correctly.

The team showed that it was feasible and if produced in large numbers could have been a tactical asset. I'm thinking that either during a siege or defending against a siege it would have worked best. It was kind of a gimmick, it had great 'shock' value.

I'm not sure to what exctent these gimmickls might have been used, but I remember reading about a number of different gunpowder contraptions. Didn't the chinese have the equivaolent of a hand grenade at one point? >_>

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeQTpmaEkMY]YouTube - MythBusters - Hwacha[/ame]

In China during the Song Dynasty (9601279AD), weapons known as Zhen Tian Lei were created when Chinese soldiers packed gunpowder into ceramic or metal containers. In 1044, a military book Wujing Zongyao ("Compilation of Military Classics") described various gunpowder recipes in which one can find, according to Joseph Needham, the prototype of the modern hand grenade.[4]

Once again, probably a kind of gimmick, but a tactical asset. Especially if one was laying siege, a bunch of these would really come in handy
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Old February 21st, 2011, 10:19 PM   #15
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[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ji_Xiao_Xin_Shu]Ji Xiao Xin Shu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
you can find the detail about weapon use in ming danasty in this book ,it wrote by Qi Ji Guang, the best general in ming danasty.
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