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Old July 26, 2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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They knew about it but heat and bp fouling played a big part in weapons progression. The South had the Williams gun which was a crank powered sliding breech but jammed up from heat. The gatling was a better design because it had enough barrels to cool down between firings.
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