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#1 wlz28

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 04:22 PM

Gearing up for another project and we'd love to build a real deal gatling gun. Info is hard to come by as you all know. Have any of you seen this book? If so does it have all necessary dimensions or just a bunch of exploded view drawings? http://www.amazon.co... ... 3211840371

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 01:17 PM

I have that book. It contains only patent drawings for all the various models. There are no measurements on any of the drawings.
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Posted 15 October 2014 - 02:35 PM

Trying to find ANYTHING with dimensions of some sort on the original full scale guns is proving to be extremely frustrating.

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Posted 16 October 2014 - 02:05 PM

The book, The Gatling Gun by Paul Wahl is very informative. Some dimensions, lots of pics...

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Posted 16 October 2014 - 06:58 PM

I bought that book used hardcover on Amazon. It covers the complete history of Gatling and his family as well as a history of the gun as it was used in all the wars of the 19th century. It even covers how to set headspace!! Great book.
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Posted 21 December 2014 - 01:23 AM

I'm building 2 full size gatlings right now and I can say that the 1906 drawings are marginal at best, they were made before our current CadCam, etc. and all in fractions.  Wait til you try to make a cam using these drawings.  I even worked with John Anderson up until he died last year and I still have trouble, he made 67 full-size guns and they are used in Hollywood movies so I know they can be made.  You had better examine the costs involved before attempting this project, the cost of barrels, 6" diameter brass rounds, and lots of smaller brass, there are no castings available now that John is gone, I have a few but their in the raw not machined yet.  The cradle is large and heavy, mine are aluminum castings which will be painted black like the originals. Setups on lathe and milling machines take lots of time and material, screws have to be made as there is nothing available off the shelf. You cant make these guns on home workshop equipment, things like the frame which is made of heavy steel bars 4 feet or so long, and they have to be cut, bent, and welded!   You will need to make the breech housing from brass tubing and OD and ID thread same to accept the cascabel plate, not a simple task. The front bow is not simple, I made mine on a rotary table but they should be CNC machined.  Your better off making the RGG gun instead, after you wade thru those drawings you'll have something you can shoot and tear up a stack of beer cans. I've built 6 of them and they will work after a few 'adjustments'!

I can send you pictures of my progress to this point.


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Posted 21 December 2014 - 01:27 AM

 

I can send you pictures of my progress to this point.

 

Post them!



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Posted 22 December 2014 - 09:04 PM

I will Dave but have to send them to you to post, I'm not to swift at putting up pics.

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 10:02 PM

Do IT! daveo@piasanet.com



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Posted 07 March 2015 - 05:48 PM

Dick,
I am looking for technical data (drawings etc.) on the 1877 bulldog Gatling gun. Do you have anything like that? Or know were to tell me to look. I would like to build a scale model in 38 cal.
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Posted 02 December 2018 - 04:52 PM

I'm building 2 full size gatlings right now and I can say that the 1906 drawings are marginal at best, they were made before our current CadCam, etc. and all in fractions.  Wait til you try to make a cam using these drawings.  I even worked with John Anderson up until he died last year and I still have trouble, he made 67 full-size guns and they are used in Hollywood movies so I know they can be made.  You had better examine the costs involved before attempting this project, the cost of barrels, 6" diameter brass rounds, and lots of smaller brass, there are no castings available now that John is gone, I have a few but their in the raw not machined yet.  The cradle is large and heavy, mine are aluminum castings which will be painted black like the originals. Setups on lathe and milling machines take lots of time and material, screws have to be made as there is nothing available off the shelf. You cant make these guns on home workshop equipment, things like the frame which is made of heavy steel bars 4 feet or so long, and they have to be cut, bent, and welded!   You will need to make the breech housing from brass tubing and OD and ID thread same to accept the cascabel plate, not a simple task. The front bow is not simple, I made mine on a rotary table but they should be CNC machined.  Your better off making the RGG gun instead, after you wade thru those drawings you'll have something you can shoot and tear up a stack of beer cans. I've built 6 of them and they will work after a few 'adjustments'!

I can send you pictures of my progress to this point.

Re the post above I made several years ago, this is an update!!  I still have all of the materials and some of the finished items including some castings that I'm putting up for sale, I'm 80 now and using a walker, just can't ever finish these 2 guns.  I live in NE WA state and this materials will have to be picked up here or delivered partway, contact me at dicksknives@aol.com  will then send you photos of the items.

Dick C. (gatguy)

I have 2 ten barrel clusters in .223, a lot cheaper than '06 or 45-70, 


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