One of the earliest guns was called a blunderbuss which came from the Dutch word “donderbus” which means “thunder (donder) pipe (bus)”. This was because this old fashion gun had a bell shaped muzzle. Several bullets were loaded into the gun through the muzzle at the same time. When the trigger was pulled the bullets scattered widely. The blunderbuss was best used for short range and was very effective because bullets were sure to hit the target.
The blunderbuss was used by early American Colonists, especially the Puritans.