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Gatling Gun: 19th Century Machine Gun To 21st Century Vulcan Hardcover – November, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0873646444 ISBN-10: 0873646444

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (November 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873646444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873646444
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Berk is a motorcycle enthusiast who has owned and ridden Harley-Davidsons for many years. An engineer with roughly 25 years in the defense industry, he also enjoys photography and writing and has published short stories in EasyRider and Iron Horse magazines.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Emanuele on May 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A fairly concise yet complete review of the many variants of the famous Gatling gun. Here are traced its roots from the invention of Richard Gatling, its priciples of working, its evolution into the 20mm Vulcan and all the subsequent evolution thereon. Also included are a description of the 30mm GAU-8A Avenger cannon, mounted on the Thunderbolt tank-buster aircraft, the Phalanx Close-in Weapon System for ship protection, Vulcan Air defense System, pod mounted Gatling guns and a history of the development of the Gunship Aircraft. Probably the only book in commerce to treat every facet of these related but very specialistic topic. Very worth the price if you are curious about this fearsome weapon system.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Jacobsen on February 20, 2009
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When I was looking for a book on gatling guns, vulkans, and miniguns, I was probably looking for something that I was unlikely to find -- a book that described exactly how these types of weapons work. This book isn't that, although there are diagrams (mostly of old Gatling Guns) demonstrating how a mechanical firing mechanism works with multiple revolving barrels.

This book is primarily a historical survey of multi-barrelled guns from the earliest Gatlings to modern Vulkans. It traces different guns built on the Gatling design, follows their evolution and describes the various improvements as the guns were replaced over time. There are details on tripod-mounted weapons, ship-mounted guns, aircraft-mounted vulkans, and various tanks with Gatling and Vulkan turrets. The writing is clear and easy to read, and there are numerous photographs to show the reader what is being discussed.

I would guess that this book would be fun reading for a gun enthusiast, or a person interested in war history. As far as I know, it's the only book on the subject. Miniguns are not discussed at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brent Clay Foster on January 24, 2012
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This is a good book to read and learn about the basics of the gun. Not an in depth study of the guns.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Nice layout and good supply of information. A little brief in some areas, but overall very interesting and well-written. Good illustrations and detailed charts. An interesting read for the Gatling gun lovers out there! I you ever wondered how it works, this is the book you need!!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Philip Norsworthy on August 30, 2003
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While it is a VERY informative read, not worth [money] though, it suffers from a flew flaws.
1. Lack of pictures. There are several, but there really should have been more.
2. No index.
3. There is prety much NO info on the M134, which is what I was looking forward too. Although the guns that are described are much more powerful, there should have been some information on this.
Try to find a used copy, because it isn't worth the normal price.
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