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The first chaingun?

Say hello to my little (and I suspect, rather dangerous to the shooter) little friend.

Treeby Chain Gun, from 1854.

Yes.  I want one.  What is it?  Since this one is too easy to find on the 'net - I'm giving it away - Treeby Chain Gun, from 1854.

Yes.

I want one.

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I can see why only two were ever built.  Assuming that the chamber really does seal when each "cartridge" is locked into place, I see some other significant issues: percussion caps falling off the nipples, dirt, moisture, etc. fouling the "cartridges", damage to the entire mechanism during the course of use/handling.  Other than that, it's super keen.  Oh, and about that sealing business, I suspect it didn't work quite as well as planned.
 
I still want one.
 
 John, I assume you want that for the "Toy" effect more than as a shooter?
 
An interesting development for 1854. Both auxillary chambers, and
a belt feed. Harbingers of things to come.

  I see no obduration element on the chambers;
so firing the thing must have been *interesting* to say the least.

This would definately be a collector's boy-joy to own.

 
Did you click the link?  There's more detail *and* a video.
 
Old Dog - for the history.
 
 OK, I will buy History!  Bet you have a few more for just that reason.
 
Indeed!  More than a few.
 

Very cool.  And ingenious.  So many things almost right. And, for the technology of the day, completely right.

As for not sealing well, it would have been about like the good old "trap door" design.  Or even, to an extent, the Sharps design where the paper cartridge was inserted and when the block was closed it sheared off the back to expose the powder.  Always a little back flash with those. Not to mention powder collecting in the grooves and every now and then cooking off into the shooters face.

 

 
Remember, a bit of gas escaping around the breech was quite common in 1854.  Flintlocks blew gas out the touch hole, and they were the standard technology within 20-30 years of this chain gun contraption.  (By comparison, about the same lag between the last of the military muzzle loaders and the Krags, or between the adoption of the Garand and the M16.)

Like many innovative ideas, this chain gun proved to be more successful in the mind of the inventor and maker than in the hands of the user.  But, if you try enough new ideas, you may find some good ones among all the crazy ideas.
 
 If I might be a bit persnickety.  A "Chain Gun" uses a recirculating chain to open & close the bolt.  Thid is technically a msnually operated belt fed weapon.
 
This mechanism is essentially identical to that of a chain pump found on naval vessels, so the name is entirely consistent with contemporary understanding of a similar mechanical contrivance
 
Just to cool, mind you it would have made more sense to have clips of 5 chambers that fed from the side. fire the 5, remove the first clip or ave it fall away and then load the next 5.
 
Oh, now everybody's a critic!

;^ )