Saturday, 2 January 2016

Nordenfelt Gun

A very Happy New Year to one and all!

As the next instalment in my weaponry posts, here are some snaps I took of a 4 barrelled Nordenfelt gun I came across at the Tower of London recently.
The Business end - note this particular gun was captured from the Ottomans at Gallipoli 

The organ gun design of this weapon was patented in 1873 and ammunition was gravity fed from a hopper above the breach (see diagram below) and fired in volleys.   The Nordenfelt came in various calibers, many of them .45 small arms, but this particular version is the larger 1-inch model which fired solid shot (explosive shot being banned by treaty).  Primarily designed for torpedo boat defence, it also had an excellent capability to suppress shore targets.


This is how the two man crew operated with the gunner loading and firing while the gun captain aimed via the elevation and training hand wheels

And here is a deck mounted version in action - this pic was taken on the Australian monitor HMVS Cerberus

And if you want to go really mad for the Nordenfelt, here is a copy of the drill manual used by the Victorian Navy: Handbook of the 1" 4-barrel Nordenfelt gun, 1894

4 comments:

evilleMonkeigh said...

Hah, was one in a park in Bundaberg (small Queensland town) I used to play in as a kid. Was some muzzle loaders of similar era there too....

Gordon Richards said...

And a happy New Year to you, too!

Pat G said...

There are videos of the Nordenfelt firing on Youtube but the best example I have seen was in the movie Khartoum where there is a brief sequence of a 5 barrel firing from a river boat. You can hear the ripple as each barrel fires in rapid succession.

Edwin King said...

Thanks for posting this - great reference.

Happy New Year!

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