Gardner 5 Barrel Machine Gun 1882

An animation showing the mechanism of William Gardner’s 5-barrel machine gun, patented in August 1881. The United States Army was firmly wedded to the Gatling gun at that time, and showed little interest, so Gardner manufactured this gun in the UK, selling mostly to the Royal Navy, who appreciated its lighter weight, compared to the Gatling. The 5-barrel gun fired a .45 inch bullet at up to 812 rounds per minute, and was sighted out to 2,000 yards. Search YouTube for vbbsmyt to view my other machine gun animations, and for more information on this gun google search for ‘Victorian ship models’ and ‘anti torpedo boat guns’.

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