Gatling gun

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Gatling gun

Postby andy5880 » 14 Jun 2015 22:06

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This 10 barrelled 0.65 inch calibre air cooled weapon was recommended for use in the Royal Navy in 1871. A heavy weapon, it weighed in excess of 400lbs and had a 240 round magazine.Successful trials were undertaken during the Anglo-Ashanti war of 1873-74, and it was formally introduced in 1875 for use ashore by the Naval brigades, and there was a ship-borne variant that formed part of the ship's armament for close in protection, this is still the case today with modern radar controlled variants of this weapon.
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Re: Gatling gun

Postby jf42 » 15 Jun 2015 09:57

One of the highlights of the C19th section in the Royal Armouries at Leeds is their collection of early machine guns featuring a fine collection of Gatlings in various calibres and mountings.

https://www.royalarmouries.org/visit-us/leeds
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Re: Gatling gun

Postby researchingreg » 17 Jun 2015 13:06

The Naval Brigade used Gatlings at the Battle of El Teb in Feb 1884 in the Sudan. They helped in killing 2000 or so Mahadists for British losses of 30 killed and 142 wounded.Here is a drawing of them using the Gatling in the Battle.
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Re: Gatling gun

Postby AlanD » 26 Jul 2015 01:54

That's a fine example of a .65 Gatling.

Do you mind if I ask which museum it is located in?

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Re: Gatling gun

Postby andy5880 » 17 Aug 2015 19:40

The .65 gatling gun shown is part of the National Firearms collection, but not on display when the photo was taken - not sure if it is currently on display anywhere or still on it's pallet in a storeroom somewhere.
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Re: Gatling gun

Postby andy5880 » 06 Oct 2015 22:45

Just received a copy of a photo taken onboard HMS Champion in 1883, which is of interest to me as my great grandfather was a seaman gunner on that ship in 1883 (sorry, I can't post it here, I got it from Hampshire Record Office and don't have permission). It shows a Nordenfelt gun and crew. Every other image of said gun and it's mounting I've seen, when used onboard for close in defence, it is securely bolted to the deck, as is the one on HMS Gannet in Chatham dockyard. The one in the photo I've just received is unusual - an enterprising gunner has bolted the gun and its mounting on to a heavy duty oval metal trolley that has very robust metal castor wheels. The trolley and its wheels are not suitable for use ashore with a Naval brigade. The gun can now be wheeled around the deck of the ship and used wherever it is needed for close in defence. Eye bolts are also attached to the trolley to allow it to be lashed down to the deck. The attached image shows a Nordenfelt gun bolted to the deck.
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