Video: A Steampunk Gatling Gun – That Works
Russ Chastain 04.06.15
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!