Colt Model 1883 Gatling Gun
The centerpiece of the auction was a fully-operational U.S. Government-inspected Colt Model 1883 Gatling gun. The brass cylinder encases a 10-barrel revolver that is approximately 50 inches long. When cranked up, the gun can fire 600-800 rounds a minute.
Price realized: $241,500
The Rock Island Auction Co. based in Rock Island, Illinois, hosted its largest antique gun auction of the decade on April 20, 21 and 22, 2012. The auction generated $12.6 million in sales.
About the Author: James Card is an editor of Gun Digest the Magazine.
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