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Re: Original Cartridge Question

Posted by John S. on Tuesday, 6 September 2016, at 1:51 p.m., in response to Re: Original Cartridge Question, posted by Charly Busey on Tuesday, 6 September 2016, at 12:55 p.m.

The Gatling guns used a wheeled carriage like a cannon. Cannons rested the trunnions in the cheeks of the carriage and the wntire carriage had to be moved to change from one aiming point to another.

The very earliest Gatlings used modified cannon carriages with no provisoins for lateral movement.

After adoption of the metal Broadwell carriage in 1871, the Gatling gun's trunnions were mounted on a brass yoke or cradle with a pintle on the base which fit into a socket in the carriage, allowing the guns to be swung side to side without needing to move the carriage itself. At some point there was a built in traversing mechanism added which could be engaged if desired, but I don't know if these were in the field prior to LBH.

In any case, in the choppy terrain, against scattered hostiles firing from all directions, the Gatlings may have delayed the inevitable, but probably would not have altered the course of history.


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