I doubt there were any firearms used by the zulu in the times of Shaka and if there were it would be minimal . As Europeans
had only started dealing with the zulu during Shaka's Reign so I think firearms may have been a few years off . I think Shaka
was murdered by Dingane about 1825 ? . I would be thinking firearms may have become more readily available around 1835
or later. Possibly earlier . These were mostly sold or traded by the Portugese who had a foothold at Delagoa Bay. John Dunn
apparantley was influential in bringing firearms to the zulu nation in great numbers , he also taught his good friend Dabulamanzi
how to shoot and by all reports he was good at it . Let it also be said these firearms were all obsolete weapons which could be
acquired very cheaply and in great numbers . There are other posts somewhere on the forum in regard to the numbers estimated
by the British of the firearms that inhabit zululand . Happy to be corrected as havent checked any books for this post .