The Gatling gun was the first highly successful rapid-repeating firearm. It was the first firearm to combine reliability, high firing rate and ease of loading into a single device. It was designed by the American inventor Richard J. Gatling, in 1861 and patented on May 9, 1862. In modern usage it typically refers to guns with a similar rotating barrel design.
Gatling gun in "Half the Battle" Edit
Pedro of Canoga discovered a description and pictures of the Gatling gun and brought it to the attention of King Bryon. Bryon had him reverse engineer the weapon for use in war against the forces of Duke Rico of Pacoim.
Gatling gun in Southern Victory Edit
The Gatling gun had been invented in 1862, during the War of Secession. Although it appeared too late to be used in the war, it didn't stop Gatling from trying to sell them to the army. By 1881, he had eventually succeed and a number of them were issued to US Army elements all along the frontier when the Second Mexican War began later that year.
To many in the US Army, the weapon was too weird and new and it was often treated as artillery, thus keeping them at the rear. In spite of their bizarre appearance, they achieved great fame under George Custer when he used them on a band of Kiowa and later, a Confederate Cavalry troop. US General John Pope saw the true potential of the weapon and recruited Custer and his guns to help put down a rebellion in the Utah Territory by displaying the weapons fire-power. This shocked the Mormon rebels who surrendered without a single shot being fired. Impressed, Pope order six more guns, bringing the total number up to eight, much to Custer's chagrin.
When the British and Canadians invaded the Montana Territory, Custer was sent north with the guns to deal with them. Although annoyed that these weapons were stealing his glory, Custer left them behind with the 7th Infantry as he went on the offensive against the Empire Forces. On the other hand, Colonel Henry Welton saw the potential of the Gatling guns, and, with the support of Theodore Roosevelt, used them against the invading troops, winning the Battle of the Teton River.