In the foreground we have a Colt Bulldog Model 1877 Gatling Gun, and in the background is the UN Navy variant of the Colt Gatling Gun (1884), both are .45-70 calibre. Note the robust pedestal mounting and different barrel and magazine arrangements on the Naval variant.
Detail of the rear of the US Navy model
Naval variant in profile
Authentic packing crate for the Model 1887 - clearly it took a little time to bring into action off the march
“It occurred to me that if I could invent a machine — a gun — which could, by rapidity of fire, enable one man to do as much battle duty as a hundred, that it would, to a great extent, supersede the necessity of large armies.”
- — Richard Gatling, inventor of “the first reliable machinegun,” 1877 (as quoted in The Economist, June 14)
Foreground: not a Gatling gun but a 2 barrelled Gardner Gun, .45 calibre, used from 1874
Background: Colt Gatling Gun Navy Model 1900, .30-40 calibre, mounted on a modified M1895 Naval Landing Party carriage
Gatling Battery Gun Model 1866, .50-70 calibre, on an original carriage mount:
This one is one with the barrel casing removed but is unmarked for design or patent date. It was used in the movies War Wagon and The Outlaw Josey Wales
Hope you find this of interest, I certainly did! More period weaponry pics to come
the Gatling gun and they have not."
|- Hillaire Belloc|