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Old 06-02-2011, 4:24 PM
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Default .22LR gatling gun?

Is it possible to build one in CA?

Issues I could see are.

magazine limit? If you made the "magazine" part of the gun, ie, like a tube magazine on some .22 rifles can you go past the 10 rnd limit? A 10 rnd gatling gun would be stupid.

do you have to start from an established firearm? Ie, buy 10 ruger 10/22s and start with that to not be a zipgun? Can you straight build it all from scratch?

Does anyone know anyone that did this in CA and what hoops did they have to jump through?

After watching pawnstars this week it seems like a fun project even if it would take years to make one.
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Old 06-02-2011, 4:33 PM
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1. A true hand-cranked gatling gun is legal, but yes it must be limited to 10 rounds. There's no definitions, though, on how your magazines have to work, I don't think. Take a look at the old-school gatling magazines, you'll see how it could work.
2. The 10/22 setup is not a gatling gun, and is illegal, being what CA defines as a "multiburst trigger actuator."

There's no real hoops to do it, that I know of. It shouldn't take very long to do, either, so long as you've got the right tools and a decent set of plans.
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Old 06-02-2011, 5:46 PM
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My brother and I are working on a pair built from the RG&G plans. I liked them better than the R&D plans. A true Gatling gun is CA legal and yes, unless you had them before the ban, you are limited to 10 rds. And yes, don’t build the Gatling gun from two 10/22 like you see in Cabela's catalog. That is not legal in CA.
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theres a guy on here that lives in san diego that occasionally sells them. 10k
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http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=218214300

he sells them with 100 round drums, so i think your wrong on the 10 round limit.

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if you look at the drum it is ten ten round magazines held together
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http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=218214300

he sells them with 100 round drums, so i think your wrong on the 10 round limit.
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if you look at the drum it is ten ten round magazines held together



Exactly - it's ten separate magazines. When you finish one, you rotate the drum to the next position. That's how some of the original ones worked. It enabled them to have a fairly high capacity, while still (a) being able to see over the top, and (b) not having an insanely unwieldy ammunition feed.
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It is called a Broadwell drum and yes, you have to manually rotate it to the next stack. They are a lot of machine work and not cheap. R&D sells plans for them.

Gatling guns are not cheap, not to buy, not to make and not to shoot. At least in 22LR, shooting isn't too bad, but still you are going to go through a lot of rounds.
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Anyone catch the Pawn Stars episode celebrating Gettysburg/Civil War? The episode featured an original Gatling Gun 4-sale in Utah. Price was a measly $330,000 Yes, they fired that bad boy too. Drum capacity was 150rnds
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Anyone catch the Pawn Stars episode celebrating Gettysburg/Civil War? The episode featured an original Gatling Gun 4-sale in Utah. Price was a measly $330,000 Yes, they fired that bad boy too. Drum capacity was 150rnds
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Cool.
I wonder if a setup like that would be legal for a rifle? Three or four single stack ten round magazines, moving laterally like a harmonica.
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