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Some people will go to extreme measures to protect their property. When there is not much else in one’s life to hold dear, his home and his vehicle can seem as important as family, and he will do whatever it takes to keep his material loved ones safe from unknown threats.
This all seems a little bit crazy, for sure. But that is no match in the crazy department for the homemade “gatling” gun one man made in order to protect his cars. This video shows him shooting off his monstrosity with fanfare. You have to see this spectacle to believe it!
This SKS “gatling” gun is comprised entirely of six rifles that are affixed around a central fixture to mimic the design of the original. The Gatling gun is a forerunner of the modern machine gun, and one of the best-known early rapid-fire spring loaded, hand cranked weapons. Its operation centered on a cyclic multi-barrel design which facilitated cooling and synchronized the firing-reloading sequence. A single shot was fired from each barrel as it reached a certain point in the cycle. It then ejected the spent cartridge, loaded a new round, and, in the process, allowed the barrel to cool somewhat. It was the Gatling gun’s unique configuration that allowed for higher rates of fire to be achieved without the barrels overheating.
The Gatling gun was designed in 1861 by Dr. Richard J. Gatling, an American inventor. According to Gatling, he invented it for the purpose of reducing the size of armies and so reducing the number of deaths by combat and disease, and to show how futile war is. I wonder what Gatling would think of this redneck using his idea to kill any living thing that comes close to his precious vehicles.
Even though the original Gatling gun was capable of firing continuously, it demanded that a person crank it, meaning that it was not a true automatic weapon. The Maxim gun, which was invented and patented in 1883, was the first true fully automatic weapon. It made use of the recoil force from the fired projectile to reload the weapon. Although it wasn’t the first automatic weapon, the Gatling gun represented a huge leap in firearm technology.
Before the invention of the Gatling gun, military forces had limited access to weapons capable of firing many projectiles in a short space of time. These were mass-firing volley weapons, like the Belgian and French mitrailleuse of the 1860s and 1870s. Also used were field cannons firing canister shot, much like an enormous shotgun. Field cannons were widely used during and after the Napoleonic Wars. These weapons increased the maximum rate of fire by firing multiple projectiles simultaneously, however they still needed to be reloaded after each discharge. For multi-barrel systems like the mitrailleuse, this required action was cumbersome and time-consuming. The required manpower negated the advantages of a high rate of fire per discharge, making these weapons much less powerful on the battlefield. With the advent of the Gatling gun, one could achieve a rapid and continuous rate of fire without the need for manual reloading by opening the breech.
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