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Should Custer have taken the GatlingGuns with him to the Little Big Horn?



  • BigslugBigslug Posts: 9,868 Senior Member
    Towing a couple of Gatlings behind horses across an untracked wilderness would be a logistical mess that would largely defeat the whole Blitzkrieg concept of cavlary.

    If you blunder about slowly with heavy weapons, the enemy will probably find and outmaneuver you. The only way those guns likely would have helped Custer is if he could have had the Enterprise beam them to his position at his call. Maxim guns might have been almost portable enough to help, but still about a decade off for anything practical.

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  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    This whole thread needs a soundtrack


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  • Gene LGene L Posts: 12,817 Senior Member
    This whole thread needs a soundtrack



    Looks like Spinal Tap.
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Posts: 18,360 Senior Member

    Besides...Custer NEVER looked that cool
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  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    If you get the chance, go see Little Bighorn. Walk the battlefield, see the grave markers, and read the battle summaries.

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  • KENFU1911KENFU1911 Posts: 1,052 Senior Member
    Buford wrote: »
    If only they could have bought the tank around.

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  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Posts: 3,395 Senior Member
    The best action for a battle rifle in that day was the Spencer! Fast enough to allow for fairly rapid firing, but slow enough to keep the soldier focused due to the separate actions necessary to fire the darn thing. Also, it had chamberings that gave it more range than the pitiful .44 Rimfire of the Winchesters 66 and Henry. The .44 WCF wasn't too bad but the Spencer had better capability.

    As for black powder fowling, in a tight action, fowling doesn't play much of a role in gumming up the works. I've fired my Henry over 200 times in one sitting and little to almost no fowling makes its way back into the action because everything was going forward and there was no backward leakage. Most of the residue is from still "slightly" smoking cases as they are retracted and ejected, with some black powder charcoal making its way to the bottom of the action recess where it doesn't interfere with anything.

    We already know - and this should have been understood at the time, that a smaller force armed with Spencers as in the Cavalry unit commanded by General Buford at Seminary Ridge was able to hold of a vastly superior force for several hours. These men didn't waste ammo, but yes, they came close to running out of it before being relieved.

    The Spencer would have saved the day - and would have made up for poor leadership. Unfortunately, they had both poor leadership and poor weaponry.
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