By: Friedrich Seiltgen
At Gunpowder Magazine, we love Gatling Guns! And what better way to show it than another Gatling Gun feature!?
This time it’s the Tippmann Armory 9mm Gatling gun. If the Tippmann name sounds familiar, it’s because three generations of the Ft. Wayne, Indiana family have been building various types of Paintball, Airsoft, Air rifle, M-4 clones, Rolling Block rifles, and now a compact 1/3 scale 9mm version of Dr. Richard Gatling’s 1865 model Gatling Gun! This bad boy is an 8 barrel, 9mm, hand-cranked Gatling gun that uses factory Glock magazines.
The Tippmann is a beautiful piece of work. Except for the plastic mag well and ejection chute, the Tippmann is made of metal. Any parts that will be subject to wear are of nickel-plated steel; the front sight ring and rear are made of brass. All of this sits on a wooden carriage made by local Amish craftsmen. The Tippmann rolls on pneumatic tires instead of old wooden carriage wheels so you don’t scratch your coffee table in between range visits.
As all Gunpowder readers (should!) know, the Gatling gun is the invention of Dr. Richard Gatling. Gatling was horrified by the deaths and suffering during the Civil War and decided to invent a weapon that would allow “one man to do as much battle duty as 100.” Gatling was a prolific inventor who had more than 50 patents at the time of his death.
The Tippmann action is like other Gatling-type guns. Each barrel has its own bolt, carrier. When the shooter starts cranking, the cartridge is fed from standard Glock magazines into the carrier at the 11 o’clock position. As it rotates, the bolt pushes the round into the chamber. As it moves forward, the firing pin spring is compressed, and the spring-loaded striker gets activated when the barrel is in the 4 o’clock position firing the round. The bolt continues back to the 7 o’clock position where extraction and ejection take place. All the bolts travel back and forth in grooves inside of the casing. Since every barrel is an independent firing system, a dud round will be ejected without causing a jam!
The Tippmann uses standard Glock magazines, but with a rate of fire of 600-800 rounds per minute, I’d go with the Beta company 100-round drum mags!
Barrel length: 10”
Weight: 62 lbs.
Rate of Fire: 600-800 rounds per minute
You can fire the Tippmann while pivoting side to side and spray up a large area or use the traverse and elevation features to lock it down and put a steady stream of 9mm down on target! Since the Tippmann is fired mechanically using a hand crank, it is not considered a machine gun. So, you can buy this gun without any special licenses.
The Tippmann is not really practical, not at all cheap at $5,000, but I want one! You know you want one, too!
Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He is currently an Officer with the Starke, Florida Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, First Aid, Active Shooter Response, and Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations in Florida. His writing has appeared in The Counter Terrorist Magazine, Homeland Security Today and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at email@example.com.
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