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Richard J Gatling

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Brother Richard J Gatling was born in Hertford County North Carolina, September 12 in 1815. He studied medicine however he did not practice as a physician. In the early 1860’s he was involved with his father in inventing farm machinery. One of the first being a machine for sewing cotton seed and then a machine for thinning cotton plants. He is probably best known for his repeating guns. The very first was made in 1862. TO follow this a dozen guns where made and used in struggles in virginia. In 1865 he produced an even more effective gun, this was adopted by the united states army. The guns were made in austria and england. the early versions fired 250 rounds per minute and improved later versions an incredible 3000 rounds per minute. Brother gatling was a member of center lodge number 23 in indianapolis indiana. He left this world in 1903 at the age of 85 years.
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