HOTCHKISS REVOLVING CANNON
If you weren’t at the September 2002 meeting in Milan, Ohio you missed seeing the reproduction Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon Model 1888. Many thanks to Neal and JP Smith for being our Featured Displayers. Neal collects automatic weapons from WWI to today and is best known for his movie guns such as the GE mini gun from Predator and Terminator II. See photos of his September display on back cover of the January 2003 newsletter.
The range of the Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon is 4.5 miles with a sustained firing rate of 30-45 rounds per minute. It fires explosive rounds as well as shot rounds. The crank operates the gun much like a Gatling Gun. This Smith's mount was typical of a navel deck gun mount, but was also used on fortification mounts and emplacement guns or large horse drawn artillery field carriages. Not including the trailer the cannon and mount weigh 2540 lbs.
The Smith’s also brought a replica Colt Model 1874 Camel gun in 45-70 government caliber. Built by John Anderson of Ohio, it has ten barrels and was used mainly on artillery field carriages.