RG-G's FAQ Page
Following are some of the most common queries we've received about our Gatling guns and plans. To help us reduce the current very high volume of calls and emails, please take a moment to read this page before contacting us. Thank you!
Q: Is the RG-G Gatling gun an exact replica of the original?
A: Because the original Gatlings were built and redesigned over a half century, many sizes and variations exist. Our design doesn't conform precisely to a specific model or exact scale. The concepts, aesthetics, internal functions, and mechanical operation are, however, true to the originals and just as exciting!
Q: How big is it?
A: Our Gatling gun is approximately half-scale, featuring a battery of ten rifled, rotating barrels, each 12" long and chambered for .22 long rifle. The gun itself is 20" long and, with the complete assembly mounted on its wooden carriage, stands two feet tall, two feet wide, and nearly three feet long. (Note: customers have successfully rescaled our plans to build Gatlings in other sizes and calibers.)
Q: Can I legally own a Gatling gun?
A: We aren't lawyers, so we can't advise you on legal issues. We can say that BATF has stated that a gun built to our design is considered a "Title I firearm" which doesn't require a license or registration to build or own. If you have any further questions in this area, we suggest you contact your local authorities.
Q: How many rounds does it hold, and what is its rate of fire?
A: The standard 'stick magazine' holds a full, fifty-round box of .22 cartridges...or about five seconds' worth! The rate of fire is basically dependent on how fast you crank the handle, though smoothest operation is achieved by staying below 600 rounds per minute. Check out the videos on our homepage for an idea of typical performance.
Q: Ok, I want one! What are my options?
A: Since 1991, RG-G's original offering, the Plan Package, has proven to be a very successful and affordable way for enthusiasts to own a real Gatling gun. This package is for serious hobbyist. It follows the same design concept as the original Gatling, but is modified to eliminate all castings and difficult machine operations. Basic lathe and mill work are required.
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