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Designed by Dr Richard J. Gatling in 1861, the Gatling gun was one of the first rapid-fire weapons in history. Although originally designed to demonstrate the futility of war, it became the forerunner of modern machine guns and set the stage for transforming modern warfare. Used from the American Civil War onwards in multiple conflicts, such as the Anglo-Zulu War, the Spanish-American War, and many others, the Gatling gun employed a cyclic multi-barrel design, with the operator cranking it in order to fire the loaded rounds. Although this made it technically a semi-automatic weapon, the rate of fire made it, functionally, an automatic one. Declared obsolete by the U.S. military in 1911, after the introduction of fully automatic weapons to the battlefield, such as the Maxim or Browning designs, surviving units were donated to museums or scrapped.
This did not stop enterprising wastelanders from salvaging the weapon and using its simple, reliable design to create modern versions of the ancient gun, chambered for the high-speed 5mm round; essentially creating a poor man's minigun.
The Gatling represents an interesting entry-level heavy weapon. Although it does not have the fire rate of a minigun or damage of a 50 cal, it is fairly readily available, fires an inexpensive round, and its rate of fire is such that it's possible to stun-lock individual humanoid attackers - their animation is roughly as long as it takes for the Gatling to cycle a new round.
Improved recoil and hip-fire accuracy.
|Extra Large Magazine||
Exceptional ammo capacity. Inferior reload speed.
Superior bash. Inferior range.
Superior Damage. Bonus Damage to Scorchbeasts and Scorched.
Increased rate of fire.
|Front Sight Ring||
Improved focus and sighted accuracy.
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- Real-life history.