Putting 1,000 hours into a Gatling gun replica is a labor of love (VIDEOS)
By Chris Eger
Ohio-based Anderson Guncraft has been making functional Gatling Guns since 1967 and isn’t looking back.
The FFL Type 7 Manufacturer started when John Anderson read a “Guns & Ammo” magazine article on the venerable hand-cranked gun and wondered if he could build one. That kind of “because it’s there” philosophy endured and today Anderson Guncraft not only does restorations on old guns but specializes in crafting fully functional full-size 10 barrel replica Gatlings based on the Models 1874, 1877, 1892, and 1895 in .30-40 Krag and .45-70.
Each Anderson Gatling takes about 1,000 hours to make. Featuring cast bronze parts, engraving, and an attention to historical detail, they have had cameos in a host of big-budget Hollywood films such as The Last Samurai and the recent remakes of The Magnificent Seven and 3:10 to Yuma.
Anderson has been working on both a Model 1874 and an 1877 over the past few months and have been documenting the process on their social media page.
The raw castings for both guns (Photos: Anderson Guncraft)
The 1874 and 1877 breech casings
A set of barrels. This is for the M1874
A 10 barreled Gatling requires 10 bolts
Front pics of the completed rear barrel plates for the 1874 and 1877 Gatlings