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The Original Gatling Gun: semi-auto weapon?
All of this explaining I've had to do with otherwise uneducated family and friends about the difference between semi-automatic weapons vs. other types of guns in the wake of the CT tragedy actually put me in a bit of a mental quagmire on a totally different weapon system. I got to thinking about the original, Civil War era, hand-cranked Gatling gun I realized that by definition, it cannot be considered fully automatic because it required a continuous cranking action. Other than the form of biomechanical actuation, this process is essentially no different than a repetitious trigger pulling action with one's finger in order to cycle a sear. So would the Gatling gun actually be considered a semi-automatic weapon by strict definition or something else?
Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.