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Armament Corp

1877 Bulldog Gatling Gun


1877 Bulldog
SPECIFICATIONS
Weight of Gun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Lbs (61.23 kg.)
Weight of Tripod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Lbs (61.23 kg.)
Maximum Effective Range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,000 Yards (914.4 meters)
Number of Barrels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Barrel Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 ¼ “ (.4635 cm)
Rate of Twist of Rifling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-22
Overall Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34” (91.44 cm)
Ammunition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45-70 Govt.
Firing Rounds Per Minute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Max. 1,000 RPM
Bruce Gravity Feed Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Rounds
Adjustable Rear Sight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,000 Yards

Main Brass Receiver Housing

Bruce Feed

Front Site
Adjustable
for Windage

Direct Rear Drive


Brass Turntable Crank Handle

Rapid Elevation Handle

Traverse Lock
Iron Tripod Base Iron Foot

Solid Ash Legs


Bolt Access Graduated Rear 45-70 Govt.
Port Cover Elevation Site Caliber
( To1,000 Yds)

Cascabel Plate

Fine Adjustment
Traverse
Mechanism

Fine Adjustment
Iron Yoke Elevation Bruce
Mechanism Feed

Bruce Feed
Head Space Internal View Locknut
Adjustment Lock of Feed Hopper
(Preset at Factory)

Cartridge
Extractor

U.S. Armament Corp, after 2 years of research and development, with ash wood. The Bulldog was the first rear crank gun that Gatling ever
the original plans and specifications has brought back to life the historical produced. Every hand turn of the rear crank produces a complete
Model “1877 Bulldog Gatling ” gun. This museum quality gun is revolution of the 5 barrel unit thus firing the gun 5 times.Once the
chambered in the original 45-70 Govt. Caliber. The maximum firing rounds are fired, they are automatically ejected from the gun. At the rear
rate of 1000 rounds per minute is about twice of the typical U.S. machine of the gun, there are adjustments for windage as well as elevation.
gun of World War II. The 1877 Bulldog was the first production model to The original 1877 Bulldog Gun was tested for accuracy and scored an
have its barrels and breech section fully enclosed in a cylindrical housing, incredible 996 direct hits out of one thousand rounds at a distance of
giving the gun the appearance of a small cannon. The Rear sight moves 500 yards.
up and down in a groove in the cascabel plate. The Bulldog is equipped
with a Bruce Feed Gravity Feed system (not a magazine) which holds The Bulldog comes with 3 original type transit chests, 5 wooden loading
40 rounds in parallel and is fed with wooden feed blocks. The Bulldog blocks capable of holding 20rounds each,modern safety system, operating
model has 5-18 1/4” barrels with an overall length of 34”. The gun and technical manual, 1- Bolt Disassembly Tool and 5-Alignment
weighs 135 pounds and the tripod an additional 135 lbs. The tripod Tools for re-assembly after cleaning. It also comes with a 1 year limited
mount includes beautiful brass and iron components with legs of solid warranty on all parts and labor.
Manufacturing

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Each receiver is manually fitted. All parts must meet our highest Internal rotor assembly being fitted. Rotor assemblies ready for barrel fitting.
quality standards.

Armament Corp is a leading manufacturer of U. S. Armament Corp is equipped with the latest CNC equipment
quality firearms and parts with decades of experience in the trade. & technology. Combining this with our skilled hand craftsmen
Our companies were incorporated in 1988. We employ only the makes the 1877 Bulldog a work of art. Our company manufactures a
finest craftsmen and machinists. After 2 years of research & certain quota of Gatling Guns each year so please consider this
development, we are proud to present the 1877 “Bulldog” Gatling when ordering. We offer a limited 1 year warranty on all parts and
Gun. Our gun is a museum quality product manufactured to labor for each Bulldog.
Dr. R. J. Gatling’s specification and design.

U.S. Armament utilizes only the finest One of our skilled CNC personnel. Our customer service personnel ready
CNC equipment. to assist you.

Every Bulldog is field tested. Gatling Gun Battery in place.


Accessories
with Purchase

PART #

B A R R E L A L IG N M E N T T O O L S 12504 Helps align front barrel cluster for re-assembly after a full
tear down of the gun.

ORI G I NAL ST YLE B OLT TO OL 12505 This tool is used to disassemble and re-assemble the
firing pins from the bolts.

3 TRA N SI T C HE ST S 12501 Gun Box


12502 Tripod Head Box
12503 Tripod Leg Box

5 LO ADI NG BLO CK S 12506 These wooden blocks are used in conjunction with the
(Ammo not included)) Bruce Feed System for loading.Each block holds 20 rounds.

C RANK HA ND LE C O LL A R FO R 12508 This collar locks down integral mechanisms for transportation
TRA NS IT C H E ST S in the transit chests.

OPE RATOR S M ANUAL 12507 The technical operators manual has a complete breakdown
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of the 1877 Gatling. This includes a complete tear down and
re-build of the gun, including maintenance and part numbers
for re-order if needed and everything necessary to operate
the gun.

TECHNICAL OPERATORS MANUAL


Additional Accessories Available
PART #
TRI PO D FO OT RAI SE R PAD 11049 Keeps Tripod feet from scratching or marring flooring while
cleaning or displaying. These riser pads are produced from
solid Ash.

CO MP L E T E C L EA N I N G P O U CH 12950 This is a custom made cleaning kit made by Kleen Bore.


Kit contains all the accessories to maintain the 1877
Bulldog. Kit also includes Suede Cowhide Roll.

®
D I E C O L I T H I U M GR E A S E 12800 We recommend this grease for the 1877 Bulldog.
Net wt. 1/2 Lb. (227g)

T O O L KI T F O R 12915 This kit contains all the necessary components to


C OM P L E TE completely tear down the Bulldog for cleaning and
maintenance. The highest quality American made
T EA R D O W N tools available.
1-Grace Brass Hammer 8 oz., 1-Garland rawhide
Hammer #3, 1- Bondus T-Handle Hex Key 5/32”,
1- Allen Wrench Standard 5/32”, 1-Steel Tool Punch
1/8”, 3-Grace Straight Slot Screwdriver # G2, H4, N4

H AT S
TA N
6-Panel Brushed Twill Unconstructed.
13610 100% brushed cotton twill
NA V Y 13611 • low profile
• sewn eyelets
BL A CK 13612 • self fabric closure with D-ring slider and tuck-in strap
• one size fits most
T E E S H I RT S
Pocketed 100% pure cotton, full cut, in 3 colors with
TA N 13625 emblem on front pocket and also on back of garment.
NA V Y 13626
BL A CK 13627

B OX O F 1 00 L E AD B UL LE T S 14870
B OX O F 5 00 L E AD B UL LE T S 14871 Hardcast 382 Grain Sized at .458 and Lubed
History
Dr. Richard Jordan Gatling was born in Hertford County, North
Carolina in 1818 and came from a family of inventors. In 1847-
1848, he studied medicine at Laporte, Indiana and the following year
he entered Ohio Medical College from which he received his degree.

G
Original 1877 Bulldog on tripod. 1877 Bulldog on wheeled carriage. 1877 Bulldog on carriage.

atling conceived the idea of his gun and from a chamber that was an integral part loaded directly from 20 round cardboard
began work in 1861 with a prototype being of the barrel requiring the breech mechanism cartons or wooden feed blocks into a two slot
made in 1861. The gun was demonstrated in to have a reciprocal motion. This led to the vertical bar. When one slot emptied, gravity
1862 and a patent, No 36836, for “Improve- design of the Model 1865, the precursor of all forced a full slot over the feed hopper.
ment in Revolving Battery-Guns”, was later Gatling guns. Gatling continued to refine By alternately loading the empty slot, a
granted on November 4, 1862. This gun was the operation and mechanism of his gun. continuous fire could be sustained. The
a crude predecessor of what was to become The Model 1877 "Bulldog" was the first Bruce feed was a favorite of the U.S. Army.
one of the most significant firing mechanisms Gatling gun to feature a fully enclosed The Gatling gun was the beginning of the
of all ordnance history. bronze housing over the barrels and breech. state-of-the-art manually operated guns that
After a successful demonstration in The "Bulldog" was a five-barrel .45 cal. flourished until Hiram Maxim took the next
Indianapolis in 1862, Gatling contracted tripod mounted weapon. A few were step with fully automatic guns, but Gatling’s
with Miles Greenwood and Company in mounted on a light cavalry cart. A rear operating principal lives on today in Vulcans
Cincinnati, Ohio to produce 6 weapons mounting hand crank permitted a very high and Miniguns.
based on the 1862 patent. rate of fire of up to 1,000 rpm, almost twice the
rate of a typical World War II machine gun. Richard Gatling pursued and promoted
Gatling continued to perfect his gun by many new inventions until he died in
designing a breech system that would allow Bruce feed, named after it's inventor, L.F. February 1903, at the age of 84.
the cartridge to be inserted and withdrawn Bruce, permitted the Gatling gun to be

Gatling continued to perfect his gun by designing a breech system that would allow the cartridge to be inserted and withdrawn from
a chamber that was an integral part of the barrel requiring the breech mechanism to have a reciprocal motion. This led to the design
of the Model 1865, the precursor of all later Gatling guns. Gatling continued to refine the operation and mechanism of his gun.
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Illustration credit to “The Gatling Gun Notebook” by James B. Hughes (2000, Mowbray Publishing, Woonsocket, RI).