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  1. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    The Machine Gun Is
    Invented - Over 300 Years Ago!

    If you ask someone when the machine gun was invented, they usually answer "about the middle of the 19th century" - and names like Dr. Richard J. Gatling (Gatling Gun 1860)...


    ...of the Belgian Captain Fafchamps (Mitrailleuse, 1850)...


    ...or Hiram Maxim ("Maxim" MG, 1884)...:


    All wrong!

    The machine gun is more than 150 years older!

    On May 15, 1718, the London barrister James Puckle ...


    ... received a patent for a weapon he invented, which he called "Puckle Defense Gun"...:



    The weapon already had all the peculiarities that the later machine guns also had:

    The single barrel, a drum that could be rotated with a hand crank, which could be changed quickly and whose chambers could be reloaded individually, the tripod and the swiveling construction!

    However, the brass cartridge had not yet been invented - and the individual chambers of the weapon had to be loaded with rather large-calibre balls and powder and ignited and fired with a flintlock, which made handling very unwieldy and the rate of fire very slow.


    A peloton of well-trained musket shooters did far more then!


    Also, Puckle's "Defense Gun" was quite a chunk, as you can see...:


    As a result, interest in the gun from Mr. Puckle's target clientele, the Royal Army and Royal Navy, was zero! Not a single Puckle MG was sold!

    Still, James Puckle has every right to claim credit for inventing the first working machine gun in history!

    And here it is...:



    Nap and Old Pete like this.
  2. Nap A Fixture

    Certainly never heard of Mr Puckle ....would make a great model with crew

    Thanks for sharing

    Martin Antonenko likes this.
  3. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Yep - like this...:


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