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Royal Armouries Museum

Early machine guns

Thursday afternoon lectures
15th November - 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

As some of the world’s leading authorities in their fields, our curators and conservators will present an exciting range of talks on subjects as varied as the death of Richard III to the secrets behind the making of the infamous Iraqi Supergun.

Thursday 15 November
Early machine guns
Peter Smithurst – Curator Emeritus

Exploring the influence of 19th-century mechanised manufacturing on the development of loading and firing guns.

By the middle of the 19th century ‘Yankee ingenuity’ had succeeded in mechanising firearms manufacture. It should not be surprising to find that this same ingenuity was also turned towards the means of continuously loading and firing guns and created the first machine guns. The Gatling Gun is probably the most famous, but there were many others. This lecture will explore the operational details of some of these hand-powered guns.

Time: 3pm / Duration: 45 minutes / Free