A little while back I mentioned in a post that I was working on a Gatling gun. I was asked to post photos but declined thinking it would be considered off subject. A moderator “Kvom” advised that a Gatling gun post was acceptable, so I posted a few photos of the project in progress without any complaints. The project is now complete and I would like to present it here.
The American ATF does not consider the Gatling as a machine gun as each shot is loaded cocked and fired mechanically by hand. Replace the crank handle with a motor and you get a room at the gray-bar motel.
I bought both the DE Gatling plans and the RG-G Gatling gun plans. I went with the RG-G plans because the action closely resembled the original gun. I built the action closely to the plans but deviated from them on much of the rest of the build. The RG-G plans do not look much like the original and it was in this area that I made changes. The RG-G plans include a plan for a Tripod mount and a Carriage mount. I had photos of a rare navel mount and so I went with that because it will take up less space on the display shelf.
Making the parts was fairly straight forward without any really complicated parts to make. The devil was in how close tolerance the action needs to be if you want it to function well. The other challenge is that most of the action can not be viewed. I probably assembled and disassembled this thing a couple hundred times fitting all the parts. I don''t scale well is the force required to fire the round. It takes about the same amount of force to fire a rim-fire .22 as it does a center-fire 45-70. The torque needed to rotate the the moving parts is slight but pulling the firing pin''s easily as reliable as the original, unfortunately that''s saddle horn. The barrels were shortened to save weight.
Weight: 24.5 pounds.
Length Overall: 22.5 inches
Barrel Length: 13 inches
Magazine capacity: 20
The original model fired a 45-70 round. Colt and others built Gatling''t think any were ever mounted to a Camel. Probably difficult to train them to keep their heads down. View attachment 111454 View attachment 111455 View attachment 111456
I will make several posts of photos of the completed gun and some of internal parts. This may take some time as I live in the country and my connection is verrrrry sloooow. And yes the gun is looking a bit dirty, I''d like to have a go at myself but unfortunately where I live I''s never going to happen.