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In Episode 4 onward thereabouts, the Sgt Maj is carrying what he calls a Volley gun, 7 shot flintlock. This is in 1813. R Widmark carried one like it in the Alamo.
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Was there ever such a gun? Did it fire all 7 or could one select individual shots? I cant see how the barrel could be turned like a Gatling as the ramrod is fastened to the bottom.
 

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There were a number of variations on the volley gun concept, they mainly fired all barrels at once. Not real practical for most uses. There were some swivel barrel guns, two barrels that rotated. They were sometimes done as a rifle and smoothbore barrel for having different loads handy. It also gave twice the number of instantly available shots when everyone else had one. They were still pretty heavy compared to a regular rifle, and would cost quite a lot more. In that period, most guns were hand built.
 

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The author of the Sharpe series is Bernard Cornwell. You should read the books in the order of Sharpe's career. The TV show is entertaining, but doesn't do the books justice due to the limitations of time and money. The great thing about the stories is that they are all well researched and based on true stories of Brit army campaigns starting in late 1700's India and going thru the battles where the UK leads Europe in defeating Napoleon. The author will take an important battle and find an interesting story of heroism, and then novelizes it by placing his hero, Richard Sharpe into the role of the real life hero.

At the end of each book, Cornwell explains what liberties he took with history, why the battle played a key role in the eventual defeat of Napoleon, and who the real hero was.

The photo is of the author holding the Nock Volley Gun

Info on the gun: http://www.therifleshoppe.com/catalog_pages/english_arms/%28789%29.htm

As I understand it, the volley gun was invented for the Brit navy. A man in the mast tops could fire the volley gun at a crowded enemy deck and cause great destruction. The reason the gun did not find greater use was that it takes a large, heavy man to fire the gun and not get knocked on his rear or have his shoulder severely bruised. Trying to balance yourself in a mast top on a ship rolling in the ocean, and it becomes even more difficult to fire that gun.
 

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I enjoyed Sharpes Rifles too. The local library could get them on DVD. The series is also on YouTube if you have a fast enough internet connection to stream them.

You might also like the Hornblower series based on the Horatio Hornblower books by C. S. Forrester. It's available from the same sources as above.
 
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