1844 Recoilless Gun

Per the narrative: The first recoilless gun known to have actually been constructed was developed by Commander Cleland Davis, just prior to World War I in 1910. His design, named the Davis gun, connected two guns back-to-back, with the backwards-facing gun loaded with lead balls and grease of the same weight as the shell in the other gun.
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Here we have a cut out from The Illustrated London News published on October, 26 1844. It arguably demonstrates that this recoilless technology was around at least as early as 1844.

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Of additional interest that "telescope" they have attached to the cannon. Wondering what they were firing from his cannon, for sites like this are not supposed to work with these cannons.