Colt’s Classic Remake of the 1877 Bulldog Gatling Gun debuted at Media Range Day at the 2012 annual SHOT Show on January 16. I saw that the Gatling Gun was going to be at the range and texted CTD Martin to see if by chance he could run by there and give it a whirl. We will all have to live vicariously through the video he shot and the pictures he took.
From Colt’s press release: “Special this year, Colt is offering the opportunity to see and shoot the historical model 1877 Bulldog Gatling gun. This tripod-mounted, museum quality gun was the first rear crank gun that Gatling ever produced and has incredible accuracy at 500 yards. Don’t miss your opportunity to fire this unique reproduction.” In 1861, Dr. Richard Gatling developed his six-barreled, (some were made with 10 barrels) revolving gun that shot 200 rounds per minute at a time, that was just simply unheard of! The design was based on his seed planter invention and the idea was so that the barrels would have a chance to cool down before firing again.
The story goes that Dr. Richard Gatling was so shocked by the amount of dead and wounded soldiers, that he wanted to invent a gun so devastating that no one would ever want to fight again. Either born from a desire to end all war ever, or to annihilate the Confederates, Dr. Gatling attempted to sell his gun to Union generals and politicians. In Richard C. Hoffman’s paper, “GATLING: The Man and the Gun,” quotes Dr. Gatling:
“Only in one way—by crushing the military power of the rebellious states—and the same means of accomplishing that result is to strengthen our armies; and the way to do that, is to arm our soldiers with this gun.” (pg. 4)
Specifications and Features of Colt’s Remake
- Museum Quality
- Fully Operational
- Built To Original Size
- .45-70 Government Caliber
- Fires Up To 800 Rounds per Minute
- Five Fully Brass Encased Direct Drive Barrels
- Beautiful Brass and Iron Tripod
- Walnut Stained Hard Wood Tripod Legs
- V-Notch Rear Sight, Graduated To 1,000 Yards
- Includes Deluxe Transit Chests, Tools and Accessories
- Limited One Year Warranty On All Parts and Labor
- Made In The U.S.A.