Gunpowder FAQs:


Q: Was gunpowder invented in 9th-century China and spread throughout most parts of Eurasia by the end of the 13th century?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gunpowder no longer used in modern weapons nor is it used for industrial purposes due to its relatively inefficient cost compared to newer alternatives such as dynamite and ammonium nitrate/fuel oil?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gunpowder classified as a low explosive because of its relatively slow decomposition rate and consequently low brisance?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gunpowder to decrease the ignition temperature?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gunpowder at first used as an incendiary and only later became an explosive and a propellant?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gunpowder later prohibited by the colonial Dutch occupiers?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gunpowder being made in 1346 at the Tower of London?

A: Yes, a powder house existed at the Tower in 1461; and in 1515 three King's gunpowder makers worked there.

Q: Was gunpowder widely used to fill fused artillery shells until the second half of the 19th century?

A: Yes, when the first high explosives were put into use.

Q: Was gunpowder also being made or stored at other Royal castles?

A: Yes, such as Portchester.

Q: Was gunpowder greatly reduced?

A: Yes, and which coincided with the decline of its military might.

Q: Were gunpowders classified RFG with diameter of one or two millimeters and RLG for grain diameters between two and six millimeters?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gunpowder such a nervous and sensitive spirit?

A: Yes, that in almost every process of manufacture it changes under our hands as the weather changes.

Q: Was gunpowder changed to 65% saltpeter?

A: Yes, and 20% charcoal and 15% sulfur.

Q: Is gunpowder regarding the transmission of gunpowder?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gunpowder not without controversy?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gunpowder bought from eastern Europe?

A: Yes, and particularly from what was then the German Democratic Republic and former Yugoslavia.

Q: Is gunpowder a low explosive, that is, it does not detonate but rather deflagrates?

A: Yes, This is an advantage in a propeller device, where you don't want a shock that would shatter the gun and potentially harm the operator, however it is a drawback when some explosion is wanted.

Q: Was gunpowder introduced as a mature technology?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gunpowder sometimes marked by a linguistic process where semantic change occurred?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gunpowder first used for warfare about 1000 CE?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gunpowder from 30% to 300% more powerful?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gunpowder reflected in its Chinese name huoyao, which means “fire potion”?

A: Yes, The first military applications of gunpowder were developed around 1000 CE.