By: Friedrich Seiltgen
Copyright © 2023
In 1861, Richard Jordan Gatling invented the Gatling gun. The design was revolutionary, enabling a 200-round rate of fire. The Gatling gun changed military tactics forever, serving in militaries worldwide.
As time passed, the Gatling gun progressed from hand crank versions to electric motor driven with a cyclic rate of up to 8,000 rounds per minute. Gatling guns were generally the domain of the military, but that’s changed.
Tippmann Ordnance debuted its new six-barrel .22 LR Gatling gun at the 2023 SHOT Show, and it was a big hit. Tippmann has been producing their 9mm Glock magazine-fed Gatling guns for some time now, but the new.22 LR version uses easy-to-load 50 or 100-round all polymer belts to keep you firing longer. The crank mechanism lets you fire as fast as you can turn the handle, but the gearing will limit you to 600 Rounds per minute.
It features an aluminum receiver, a tripod, a traverse and elevation mechanism (T&E), and easy-to-load polymer ammunition belts. The Tippmann Gatling gun uses a hand crank to fire, so it does not require any tax stamps and can be purchased like any other firearm through your FFL.
Type: Rim Fire, Hand Crank, Gatling Gun
Caliber: .22 LR
Magazine capacity: 50 or 100 Round Belt
Sights: Rear flip-up, Front Post Iron sights
Barrel Length: 8.5 Inches
Overall Length: 20 Inches
Weight: 15 Pounds
Tippman Ordnance expects to start delivering the new design in spring 2023, which is right around the corner, so get your wallet out.
The MSRP is $5,600, but the current introductory price is $4,500.
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Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism Counterstrategies, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, Soldier of Fortune, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, Off Grid, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.