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Found this in an 1861 Scientific American:


Yes, it is a cannon revolver. The patent was granted in 1860 and it was intended for fixed batteries or shipboard use. As far as I know it wasn't put into production, but I don't know.

Please tell me it was never mounted on a ship.




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It appears that this became an inspiration for the Gatling gun though no Mayall guns were built.  Seems to be a lot of places offering a print of this for a decoration or maybe a laugh.

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It would have suffered from the same flaw as all revolvers, namely the poor sealing between the barrel and the revolving chambers for the charges/shot. The Gatling- and Hotchkiss-systems push the cartridge into a seat forming part of the barrel, so that the expanding cartridge seals against loss of pressure.

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