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33-barrelled organ

Organo a 33 canne

This model of a machine gun consists of 33 small guns lined up in elevens, mounted on a single revolving framework. Once the first row of ammunition has been fired, the gunner can set up the second and the third rows one after the other. The muzzle-loading guns are hinged to the framework in order that they can swing upwards for loading. Once loaded, the barrels are held in position by a metal bar fitted via wooden pins.

Codex Atlanticus, sheet 157


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