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Gatling gun Line breaks: Gat|ling gun
Pronunciation: /ˈɡatlɪŋ/
(also Gatling)

Definition of Gatling gun in English:


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A rapid-fire, crank-driven gun with clustered barrels. The first practical machine gun, it was officially adopted by the US army in 1866.
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  • For almost four decades the Ordnance Department procured a small number of Gatlings.
  • On offer are two handguns, a shotgun, a machine gun, a Gatling gun, a grenade launcher, a rocket launcher and a plasma rifle.
  • As the rush proceeded, the companies of Jackson and Trimble advanced with a Gatling gun and the two howitzers to the brow of the bluff and opened a brisk but ineffective fire on the retreating tribesmen.


Named after Richard J. Gatling (1818–1903), its American inventor.

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