Manual machine guns

Puckle Gun (Video)

December 25, 2016 Ian McCollum 32

The Puckle Gun is probably best known as that thing that had round bullets for Christians and square bullets for Turks, but there is much more to it than just that (and in addition, the […]

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Reffye Mitrailleuse (Video)

May 20, 2015 Ian McCollum 39

The mitrailleuse was one of the early types of mechanical machine gun, along with the Gatling, Gardner, Nordenfelt, and others. “Mitrailleuse” is actually a general name for a volley gun – one with many barrels […]

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Reproduction Nordenfelt Gun

December 5, 2014 Ian McCollum 18

A few days ago I was at a small machine gun shoot (which wound up being a bit larger than I’d expected), and was happily surprised to discover that one of the attendees had brought […]

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Montigny Mitrailleuse Photos

January 29, 2014 Ian McCollum 41

The Mitrailleuse was one of the first pseudo-machine guns – the first ones were developed prior to the Gattling, but they continued to be purchased by military forces through the 1870s. There were several versions, […]

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Union Repeating Gun

August 23, 2013 Ian McCollum 20

The Gatling is commonly seen as the first manual machine gun used by the US military, but it was preceded by several other designs, including the Union Repeating Gun. Also known as the Ager Gun […]

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Gatling Gun Feeding Mechanisms

January 23, 2013 Ian McCollum 22

The Gatling Gun is interested for many reasons, and one of them is the variety of feeding mechanisms that were developed and used with it. Most firearms are designed around a single specific feeding mechanism, […]

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Shooting an 1877 Bulldog Gatling

January 21, 2013 Ian McCollum 17

Thanks to a friendly collector, we had the chance to take out one of the new, gorgeous reproduction 1877 Gatling guns being sold by Colt. It’s a near-exact replica, with the added feature of being […]