Video: A Steampunk Gatling Gun – That Works


Video: A Steampunk Gatling Gun – That Works

This video opens with a cool-looking pseudo-gatling gun, clad in copper and bristling with pop rivets and venting steam from tiny chimneys.

It’s actually dry ice and water, but it looks good.

At the heart, it’s a Ruger 10/22. The gun’s action is mostly hidden away inside the copper container.

There’s a round array of seven copper “barrels,” which are powered by an electric motor that operates independently of the crank that¬†operates the gun’s trigger. If you watch closely, you can see the guy switch the barrel-rotating motor on and off with his left thumb.

Clearly, the spinning barrels are purely for decoration like almost everything else on the thing. As near as I can tell, it fires through the center “barrel,” a simple length of copper pipe around which the others rotate.

There’s no way it weighs 60 pounds, as the fellow in the video claims.

But hey – it looks fun!

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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