The Harrington Volley Gun

Before the modern era of firearms, gunmakers came up with ingenious ways of increasing the ammunition capacity and reloading speed of firearms. These efforts (and My Little Pony) I find a constant source of fascination.

This is the Harrington Volley Gun. It and similar percussion designs allowed a user to reload quickly by replacing the entire chamber block and firing all rounds -- in this example seven .31 caliber bullets -- with a single cap.

Link -via Pocket Pistols, Historic Firearms, & Curiosities | Photos: Gun Data

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