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In the first century A.D., the Chinese reportedly had a simple form of gunpowder made from saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal dust.  Around 1232  the Chinese used this gunpowder to propel rockets during the battle of Kai-Keng.

By 1304 the Arabs had produced the first gun, a bamboo tube reinforced with iron that used a charge of black powder to shoot an arrow.

Lets jump forward a few centuries to 1816 when a young Eliphalet Remington II believed he could build a better gun than he could buy, and he set out to craft such a gun on his father's forge located at Ilion Gulch, New York.  In the autumn of 1816, Eliphalet entered a shooting match with his new flintlock rifle, and while he only finished second, his handmade rifle was a success In 1955 Eliphalet successors decided to repeat his accomplishment and build the most accurate rifle in History!   -    The  40X was born!

The most Accurate Production Rifle ever made.   Was Then - Is Now!
and as Paul would Say        " That's The Rest of The Story".