Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
- Weight: 135 lbs(270 lbs w/ tripod)
- Number of Barrels: 5-10
- Barrel length: 18 1/4"
- Overall Length: 34"
- Cartridge Caliber: 45-70 Government
- Range: +1000 yards
- Rate fire: 1000 per minute
- Cartridge magazine block: 40 rds
- Service: US Military 1877 -
Similar to the 1895 Gatling Gun, the Model 1877 would be the improved and improvised version of the original model. The Bulldog model differed in many ways to the original design. The smaller compact size allowed the weapon to be much lighter, which allowed for easier deployment. The barrels, as well as the breech operating section, were fully encased in bronze for better heat dissipation. For loading, the Bruce Feed Device was developed and used. Rather than the use of spring loaded box magazines, cartridges were filed in to wood blocks or cartons and attached directly to the top of the gun. Once firing began, cartridges would feed in to the weapon by gravity alone. Later model gatling guns would also use the Bruce feed device. The crank system also differed, in that it was rear-mounted, rather than the original side mount. By being rear-mounted the barrel units were driven and revolved directly to the crank, versus the gearing system of the older side mounted design which reduced the turn ratio on the revolution of the barrel unit. This direct driven rear crank would allow for a much higher rate of fire.
These lighter gatling guns were also cheaper to produce and were initially to be assigned to Cavalry units. The US Army would purchase 17 Bulldogs, and later the US Navy would also purchase several of these mini gatling guns. A few examples would later make their way to the Philippines and be used during the Spanish-American War as well as the Philippine Campaigns(1899-1914).
|Photo courtesy of http://www.usarmamentcorp.com/|
US Armament Corp currently produces working replicas of the M1877 Bulldog Gatling Gun.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Barrel Length: 5½"
Action: Double Action
Weight: 2.3 lbs
Cartridge Caliber: .45 Long Colt (255 grain) Smokeless
Muzzle Velocity: 830 fps
Due to the slow going and drawn out Service Pistol Trials(1906-1910) by the Ordnance Board, the War Department would place an order with Colt for 6,000 revolvers in caliber .45 on December 17, 1908. These revolvers were to be an intermediate solution to the requests for more .45 pistols in the Philippine islands from the results of insufficient stopping power of the issued Colt .38 revolvers, as well as replacement to the dated and aged 1873 SAA Colt .45 revolvers that were put back in to service during the Philippine campaigns(1899-1913). These newer issued revolvers were adopted and issued as Model 1909[M1909] US Army .45 Revolvers. They would be marked with serial numbers 30001 to 49503; a grand total of 19,502 pistols. Springfield Armory would receive the other 350 remaining pistols. All-in-all 19,152 revolvers were received at the Manila Ordnance Depot[MOD] located in Intrumurous Manila, Philippines, and would be issued out to all service men through out the islands.
By the adoption of the M1911 auto pistol in March 1911, the Model 1909 .45 revolver would be retired.
|Heal marked US Army Model 1909. Serial Number 38021.|
Monday, July 25, 2011
|Original Maxim-Nordenfelt gun salvaged from the Spanish battle-cruiser Almirante Oquendo after the battle of Santiago Harbor during the Spanish-American War.|
|Artillery captured from Philippines forces on display.|
|Maxim-Nordenfelt machine gun found in the middle of display. Note the crudely made cart.|