Very few gatling guns were produced for the civil war, so there are very few surviving examples. I have honestly never seen one in such pristine, operable condition. This looks right out of the era! Quite an astonishing piece of history you have there.
- Fact 1: Dr. Richard J Gatling's rotary cannon was invented in 1862 as a means to end battles more quickly, protecting soldiers from field diseases.
- Fact 2: The Gatling gun's multiple barrels and hand-cranked feed allowed soldiers to fire up to 200-1500 rounds per minute (depends how skilled the operator).
- Fact 3: Gatling guns are still in use today; both infantry and aircraft carry modern versions of the efficient design.
- Fact 4: The largest rotary cannon in active use is the GAU-8 Avenger carried on the A-10 Thunderbolt, which weighs 4,029 lbs fully loaded.
- Fact 5: Dr. Richard J. Gatling was a prolific inventor, and held patents for propellers, tractors, and planters in addition to his famous gun.