The gonne, or hand gonne, was one of the earliest forms of firearms to be used; it was invented around 1300. It is unknown in which country it originated, though China, many countries in Europe, the Arabs, (and others), claim to have created it. After the gonne was fired, a propellent (in a more primitive form) was loaded, along with some type of projectile. Next, a type of match (or wick) was lit, and lowered into the touch hole, this ignited the propellent, and shot the projectile. The gonne didn't always fire, and was not very effective against charging enemies, nor did the propellent always ignite. The gonne was more effective in defending against sieges.