multi shot weapons?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ZEPHYR, Mar 9, 2004.


    ZEPHYR New Member

    Mar 9, 2004
    hells kitchen
    when was the idea of a multiple shot fire arm introduced or even thougt of? I sem to remember seeing some where that around the American revolution there was a very dangerouse and unreliable multiple shot fire arm. Anyone have a site where such history is discussed?
  2. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    The Brittish Duckfoot was the first one....i think anyway...

    The History Channel had a tales of the gun episode in which they showed a modern multi shot box like contraption that fired many many rounds......quite a deal in my opinion....
    Sounded like nothing I've ever heard before!!

    By the way.....Welcome to TFF !! :)


  3. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
    Welcome to TFF, Zephyr! We have a few history buffs on board, so hang around. We also have a General Military Arms & History Forum on down the board a ways... you might want to poke around in there to see what you can find.
  4. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    Hi Zephyr......welcome to TFF

    "When was the idea of a multiple shot fire arm introduced or even thougt of?"

    Probably when the first guy who shot a firearm tried to reload it in a hurry. :D

    Seriously.....there were a number of attempts to build multiple shot firearms around the time of the American Revolution. Most involved fixed or revolving multiple barrels. The big hangup was the cumbersome flintlock ignition system.

    With the coming of the percussion cap, it became somewhat easier. A number of guns with hand revolved cylinders and hand revolved barrels were tried until Sam Colt invented a simple, reliable internal mechanism for revolving and locking a multiple charged cylinder.....the first real revolver.

    The invention of the self-contained cartridge opened up a whole 'nother range of possibilities......revolving weapons such as the Gatling Gun, the lever action, bolt action, pump action and various semi-automatic and automatic actions.
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