Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BMC #49982 Gatling Gun

Designed by dr. Richard Gatling in 1861 and patented in 1862, the Gatling gun is probably the best known of the early rapid fire guns and a fairly successful precursor to the machine gun. Although first put to use by Union forces it actually wasn't approved by the Army until 1866, the year following the Civil War. It's interesting that Dr. Gatling designed the gun partially in the interest of showing how futile war is!  Do realize how many times I've read about weapon designers stating they wanted to prove how futile warfare is by designing armaments that kill more people at a faster rate? Okay, is it just me or are these people all whacked in the head???

BMC's version of the Gatling gun is extremely well done and thankfully free of flash. There are two guns in each header bag and they assemble quicker than I was able to type this line (without glue) and looks terrific when paired with 54mm figures. I'm not sure, but this might be a later version than that used during the Civil War. In any case, it's a little gem. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

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