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1 77 Bulldog Gatling Gun 8

1877 Bulldog
SPECIFICATIONS
Weight of Gun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weight of Tripod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maximum Effective Range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Number of Barrels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barrel Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rate of Twist of Rifling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Overall Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ammunition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Firing Rounds Per Minute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Gravity Feed Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adjustable Rear Sight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Lbs (61.23 kg.) 135 Lbs (61.23 kg.) 1,000 Yards (914.4 meters) 5 18 ¼ “ (.4635 cm) 1-22 34” (91.44 cm) 45-70 Govt. Max. 1,000 RPM 40 Rounds 1,000 Yards

Main Brass Receiver Housing Bruce Feed Front Site Adjustable for Windage

Brass Turntable

Direct Rear Drive Crank Handle

Rapid Elevation Handle

Traverse Lock Iron Tripod Base Iron Foot

Solid Ash Legs

Bolt Access Port Cover

Graduated Rear Elevation Site ( To1,000 Yds)

45-70 Govt. Caliber

Cascabel Plate

Fine Adjustment Traverse Mechanism Fine Adjustment Elevation Mechanism Bruce Feed

Iron Yoke

Head Space Adjustment Lock
(Preset at Factory)

Internal View of Feed Hopper

Bruce Feed Locknut

Cartridge Extractor

U.S. Armament Corp, after 2 years of research and development, with the original plans and specifications has brought back to life the historical Model “1877 Bulldog Gatling ” gun. This museum quality gun is chambered in the original 45-70 Govt. Caliber. The maximum firing rate of 1000 rounds per minute is about twice of the typical U.S. machine gun of World War II. The 1877 Bulldog was the first production model to have its barrels and breech section fully enclosed in a cylindrical housing, giving the gun the appearance of a small cannon. The Rear sight moves up and down in a groove in the cascabel plate. The Bulldog is equipped with a Bruce Feed Gravity Feed system (not a magazine) which holds 40 rounds in parallel and is fed with wooden feed blocks. The Bulldog model has 5-18 1/4” barrels with an overall length of 34”. The gun weighs 135 pounds and the tripod an additional 135 lbs. The tripod mount includes beautiful brass and iron components with legs of solid

ash wood. The Bulldog was the first rear crank gun that Gatling ever produced. Every hand turn of the rear crank produces a complete revolution of the 5 barrel unit thus firing the gun 5 times.Once the rounds are fired, they are automatically ejected from the gun. At the rear of the gun, there are adjustments for windage as well as elevation. The original 1877 Bulldog Gun was tested for accuracy and scored an incredible 996 direct hits out of one thousand rounds at a distance of 500 yards. The Bulldog comes with 3 original type transit chests, 5 wooden loading blocks capable of holding 20rounds each,modern safety system, operating and technical manual, 1- Bolt Disassembly Tool and 5-Alignment Tools for re-assembly after cleaning. It also comes with a 1 year limited warranty on all parts and labor.

Manufacturing

Armament Corp is a leading manufacturer of quality firearms and parts with decades of experience in the trade. Our companies were incorporated in 1988. We employ only the finest craftsmen and machinists. After 2 years of research & development, we are proud to present the 1877 “Bulldog” Gatling Gun. Our gun is a museum quality product manufactured to Dr. R. J. Gatling’s specification and design.

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Each receiver is manually fitted.

All parts must meet our highest quality standards.

Internal rotor assembly being fitted.

Rotor assemblies ready for barrel fitting.

U. S. Armament Corp is equipped with the latest CNC equipment & technology. Combining this with our skilled hand craftsmen makes the 1877 Bulldog a work of art. Our company manufactures a certain quota of Gatling Guns each year so please consider this when ordering. We offer a limited 1 year warranty on all parts and labor for each Bulldog.

U.S. Armament utilizes only the finest CNC equipment.

One of our skilled CNC personnel.

Our customer service personnel ready to assist you.

Every Bulldog is field tested.

Gatling Gun Battery in place.

Accessories with Purchase

PART #

B A R R E L A L IG N M E N T T O O L S

12504

Helps align front barrel cluster for re-assembly after a full tear down of the gun.

ORI G I NAL ST YLE B OLT TO OL

12505

This tool is used to disassemble and re-assemble the firing pins from the bolts.

3 TRA N SI T C HE ST S

12501 12502 12503

Gun Box Tripod Head Box Tripod Leg Box

5 LO ADI NG BLO CK S ) (Ammo not included)

12506

These wooden blocks are used in conjunction with the Bruce Feed System for loading.Each block holds 20 rounds.

C RANK HA ND LE C O LL A R FO R TRA NS IT C H E ST S

12508

This collar locks down integral mechanisms for transportation in the transit chests.

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OPE RATOR S M ANUAL

12507

The technical operators manual has a complete breakdown of the 1877 Gatling. This includes a complete tear down and re-build of the gun, including maintenance and part numbers for re-order if needed and everything necessary to operate the gun.

TECHNICAL OPERATORS MANUAL

Additional Accessories Available
PART #

TRI PO D FO OT RAI SE R PAD

11049

Keeps Tripod feet from scratching or marring flooring while cleaning or displaying. These riser pads are produced from solid Ash.

CO MP L E T E C L EA N I N G P O U CH

12950

This is a custom made cleaning kit made by Kleen Bore. Kit contains all the accessories to maintain the 1877 Bulldog. Kit also includes Suede Cowhide Roll.

D I E C O L I T H I U M GR E A S E

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12800

We recommend this grease for the 1877 Bulldog. Net wt. 1/2 Lb. (227g)

T O O L KI T F O R C OM P L E TE T EA R D O W N

12915

This kit contains all the necessary components to completely tear down the Bulldog for cleaning and maintenance. The highest quality American made tools available. 1-Grace Brass Hammer 8 oz., 1-Garland rawhide Hammer #3, 1- Bondus T-Handle Hex Key 5/32”, 1- Allen Wrench Standard 5/32”, 1-Steel Tool Punch 1/8”, 3-Grace Straight Slot Screwdriver # G2, H4, N4

H AT S
TA N NA V Y BL A CK

13610 13611 13612

6-Panel Brushed Twill Unconstructed. 100% brushed cotton twill • low profile • sewn eyelets • self fabric closure with D-ring slider and tuck-in strap • one size fits most Pocketed 100% pure cotton, full cut, in 3 colors with emblem on front pocket and also on back of garment.

T E E S H I RT S
TA N NA V Y BL A CK

13625 13626 13627 14870 14871

B OX O F 1 00 L E AD B UL LE T S B OX O F 5 00 L E AD B UL LE T S

Hardcast 382 Grain Sized at .458 and Lubed

History

Dr. Richard Jordan Gatling was born in Hertford County, North Carolina in 1818 and came from a family of inventors. In 18471848, he studied medicine at Laporte, Indiana and the following year he entered Ohio Medical College from which he received his degree.

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Original 1877 Bulldog on tripod.

1877 Bulldog on wheeled carriage.

1877 Bulldog on carriage.

atling conceived the idea of his gun and began work in 1861 with a prototype being made in 1861. The gun was demonstrated in 1862 and a patent, No 36836, for “Improvement in Revolving Battery-Guns”, was granted on November 4, 1862. This gun was a crude predecessor of what was to become one of the most significant firing mechanisms of all ordnance history. After a successful demonstration in Indianapolis in 1862, Gatling contracted with Miles Greenwood and Company in Cincinnati, Ohio to produce 6 weapons based on the 1862 patent. Gatling continued to perfect his gun by designing a breech system that would allow the cartridge to be inserted and withdrawn

from a chamber that was an integral part of the barrel requiring the breech mechanism to have a reciprocal motion. This led to the design of the Model 1865, the precursor of all later Gatling guns. Gatling continued to refine the operation and mechanism of his gun. The Model 1877 "Bulldog" was the first Gatling gun to feature a fully enclosed bronze housing over the barrels and breech. The "Bulldog" was a five-barrel .45 cal. tripod mounted weapon. A few were mounted on a light cavalry cart. A rear mounting hand crank permitted a very high rate of fire of up to 1,000 rpm, almost twice the rate of a typical World War II machine gun. Bruce feed, named after it's inventor, L.F. Bruce, permitted the Gatling gun to be

loaded directly from 20 round cardboard cartons or wooden feed blocks into a two slot vertical bar. When one slot emptied, gravity forced a full slot over the feed hopper. By alternately loading the empty slot, a continuous fire could be sustained. The Bruce feed was a favorite of the U.S. Army. The Gatling gun was the beginning of the state-of-the-art manually operated guns that flourished until Hiram Maxim took the next step with fully automatic guns, but Gatling’s operating principal lives on today in Vulcans and Miniguns. Richard Gatling pursued and promoted many new inventions until he died in February 1903, at the age of 84.

Gatling continued to perfect his gun by designing a breech system that would allow the cartridge to be inserted and withdrawn from a chamber that was an integral part of the barrel requiring the breech mechanism to have a reciprocal motion. This led to the design of the Model 1865, the precursor of all later Gatling guns. Gatling continued to refine the operation and mechanism of his gun.

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Illustration credit to “The Gatling Gun Notebook” by James B. Hughes (2000, Mowbray Publishing, Woonsocket, RI).

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