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Re: Original Cartridge Question

Posted by Charly Busey on Tuesday, 6 September 2016, at 8:04 p.m., in response to Re: Original Cartridge Question, posted by David Bell on Tuesday, 6 September 2016, at 4:42 p.m.

Hi David I appreciate your and John's response and knowledge of the early Gatlings. I am puzzled that the gunners did not figure a way to expand or broaden the beaten path. Walking (bouncing) your rounds into the targets can be terribly effective - much more than direct fire and does greatly broaden the beaten path even with limited traverse. Terrain may have negated or greatly reduced the effectiveness of plunging and walking fire (how tos still taught at least 45 plus years ago) but without that abilitiy the Gatling would have been pretty useless under any circumstances which of course could have been a reason they were left behind. Machine gun tactics used to be considered/taught as an art likely developed primarily in WW1 and then built upon - but I find it hard to believe that the early gatling gunners had not deleoped some work arounds unless the Armys stinginess about rounds expended for training made that impossible.


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