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Crafted Arms Trade
Prior to industrialisation and firearms, weapons and arms were the domain of the blacksmith, bladesmith ande bowyer.
Once the age of gunpowder got underway (1500s onwards) gunsmithing became more prominent and this soon took over from crossbows and longbows. The latter two weapons were still made though but typically not for warfare and more for personal ownership. Cannon and artillery development was a major trend towards the state-control of a nation's arsenal.
Broadly speaking this is how it was from pre-history up to about the late 1800s when large-scale machine-tools took it to a different level.
The Military Industrial Complex
The crafted arm's pinnacle as a cottage industry in city's was soon eclipsed in Europe by large-scale industrialization with steam-power, mass-manufacture and machine-tools giving greater precision.
By the late 1800s small-arms and large-bore artillery pieces and were much more accurate with finer, narrower tolerances becoming the norm.
An ongoing 'arms-race' in combat weaponry that advanced the capability of infantrymen profoundly with warfare and conflict being the perfect catalyst. A departing US president would make warnings on the Military Industrial Complex (MIC), cautioning it's growth and expansion.
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