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Gatling Gun Crew, British Naval Brigade, The First Sudan War, 1884-1885—single figure

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Item Number: SRN-01A

Gatling Gun Crew, British Naval Brigade, The First Sudan War, 1884-1885

The Naval Brigade was a generic term used to define a body of Seamen, and Royal Marines, drawn from their ships and landed for active service under the orders of an army commander.  Numbers were immaterial and it did not relate to an army Brigade.  Often, it would not even be of battalion strength.  Generally, the armament of the Naval Brigade was made up of what was available from the parent ships from where the Brigade was drawn.

The Gatling gun or its variants was the main weapon of the Naval Brigade in Egypt and the Sudan.

The original Gatling gun was a field weapon, which used multiple rotating barrels turned by a hand crank and firing loose (no links or belt) metal cartridge ammunition using a gravity feed system from a hopper.  The Gatling gun's innovation lay neither in the rotating mechanism, nor the use of multiple barrels to limit overheating; rather, the innovation was the gravity feed reloading mechanism, which allowed unskilled operators to achieve a relatively high rate of fire of 200 rounds per minute.

Please note that SRN-01A can also be used with SRNGUN-02.