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One-half size scale model of an 1862 Gatling Gun
Although it could fire 200 rounds per minute, Richard Gatling’s “improved” weapon found little interest in the Bureau of Ordinance and only a few experimental examples saw service during the Civil War. Unlike Colt and other manufacturers, Gatling had no generals under contract to promote his gun to the army, which didn’t officially adopt the weapon until nearly 18 months after the war ended.