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Re: Original Cartridge Question
Posted by David Bell on Tuesday, 6 September 2016, at 11:33 p.m., in response to Re: Original Cartridge Question, posted by Charly Busey on Tuesday, 6 September 2016, at 8:04 p.m.
Hi Charly... Most folks do not know the weight of the gun, which is in part the heavy bronze castings, the 10 heavy 1 1/4" dia. barrels, that each barrel has it's own bolt, firing pin, cocking piece, mainspring, extractor, ect. Basicly 10 separate guns, rotating on a mainshaft. The bolts being worked in and out of battery by two cam grooves on their guide lugs. one cam groove with a right hand spiral, and one cam groove with a left hand spiral. The guns headspace would change as it heated up during firing, causing problems, and need of adjustment. The 10 barrels were held true in the front barrel plate, but like any barrel not each one was true to the next, so the gunners would pick a range to set the gun, and bent the hexagon muzzle ends of the barrels until they came pretty close to target with a bending bar.... If a barrel burst, the offending barrel would have its bolt removed so the gun could return to action cycling an unfired round thru the gun while the other 9 fired. The gun could operate with a number of barrels out of commission. the guns were classified as part of the Artillery until the Spanish American War, When an Army Officer by the name of Parker received command of some Gatling Batteries, and changed the tactics. He is considered the father of modern Machine Gun tactics. Machine Gun Parker. I believe the Army did not like excessive spending of rounds in training, and the soldiers only received a few rounds each month. If they wanted to practice more, they had to pay for the ammunition used out of their own pockets.... End of practice.. LOL ... Sorry this is off topic, but you asked..
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