BEAUTIFUL US ARMAMENT CORP 1877 BULLDOG GATLING GUN SERIAL NUMBER 5023-1192
Beginning in 2007 the U.S. Armament Corp started manufacturing their reproduction of the 1877 Gatling Gun, from original Colt blueprints, completing approximately 50 examples during this run. Chambered in the original .45-70 Government Caliber, each gun is manufactured w/ modern CNC equipment technology.
The 1877 “Bulldog” has 5 barrels within a beautiful enclosed brass case. It operates by a hand crank that is located at the rear of the receiver, rotating the barrel cluster w/ a 1:1 ratio, so in a single 360 degree turn, every barrel will fire once. It is fed from a Bruce Gravity Feed mechanism, named after the inventor, L.F. Bruce. It holds 40 rounds of ammo that is gravity fed down into the mechanism as the crank is actuated. It can be reloaded while it is in use, so w/ a proper A-Gunner, the gun can fire continuously without running out. The cyclic rate depends on the speed the crank is being turned, combined w/ a fine tuned A-gunner feeding the Bruce Feed mechanism, but the published rate of fire maximum is 1000 rounds per minute. Sights consist of a brass front sight drift adjustable for windage, and a rear sight graduated to 1,000 yards.
Overall length is 34 inches. The gun weighs 135 pounds w/ the brass, iron & ash tripod adding an additional 135 pounds. Markings include serial number “50” on the right trunnion & a brass plaque on the top rear of receiver; “GATLING’S BATTERY GUN / MADE BY COLT’S PT. FIREARMS MFG. CO HARTFORD, CONN. / U.S.A.” w/ patent dates.
MAGS: 1 brass & steel 40 rd Bruce Feed Mechanism & 4 hardwood 20rd blocks for reloading.
UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: Tripod w/ T&E mechanism, 3 fitted wooden transport crates w/ steel handles & leather straps. 3 ash pucks that slide under tripod legs to preserve interior flooring for display.