Thursday, 14 May 2015

Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon

Second in this series of period machineries of death...

A step up from the Gatling Gun (see here), which fired small arms ammunition, this Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon fired 37mm projectiles from its 5 barrels.  This version is mounted for field work, but it was frequently used on naval platforms, especially lighter craft and gunboats.  With the gun shield discarded, it could also be packed onto two mules.
Manufactured in France, 1880
Capable of around between 45 and 70 rounds per minute, it was accurate out to around 2,000 yards.  Shrapnel and canister ammunition was available but these appear to have been restricted to defensive mounts in fortifications and bursting ammunition was more standard.
 Detail of the business end

Here is an example of a Naval Deck mounting (not my pic)

The Hotchkiss also came in larger calibre - 40, 47 and 53mm with increasing weight and reduced portability.


Pat G said...

Ah yes the weapon that got me into VSF.

Captain Darling said...

Now if that is not real life VSF nothing is...
A piece of equipment that is beauty to behold!
I think HLBS makes this in 28mm.
Thanks for your pictures I've not seen one with the shield before.

Spacerguy said...

Nice piece of hardware, I can only imagine what it must have been like ducking for cover as bullets twanged against that metal guard. Those were the days!

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