Thread: gatlin gun
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:40 AM
charleswlkr54 charleswlkr54 is offline
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CT is right, the Gatling gun didn't come along untill the Civil War, original modle didn't use cartiges as we know them today, used s sort of steel one you used percussion caps on, more of a reloadable chamber really. The army didn't want to buy them as the factory was too close to the South, they were afraid they'd pay for them only to have the South raid the factory and make off with them, or so the story goes! Only ones to see service were purchased by a Union gerneral for his unit. I've always wondered what would have happened had Custer rought his gatlings with him to the Little Bighorn, he might have kept his hair! (actually, he cut his hair short just before he left!)
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