Eight barrel gun

Eight barrel gun

Eight barrel gun

Inv. 7024
Interpretation by Giovenale Argan, 1953

"The part of the carriage that borders with the tails of the mortar-pieces, which is marked a, needs to lift up when you want to take out the tails of the mortar-pieces"

This model of machine-gun has a series of small-calibre gun tubes, called scoppietti (small bursters), mounted on a single gun carriage on wheels. A screw device regulates the inclination of the gun tubes. The fan-like shape allows to better face the attacks of enemy troops, widens the shooting field and reduces possible mistakes. This weapon could be moved rapidly thanks to its modest dimensions.

The model is based on the drawing:

  • Codex Atlanticus f. 157 r. (1478-1480)
    Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana