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Coffee Mill Gun
« on: August 03, 2017, 07:50:33 AM »

Many people have heard of the Gatling gun. The “devil’s coffee mill,” “coffee grinder” gun, “army in a box” or Agar gun was a similar hand-cranked machine gun firing .58 caliber cartridges at 120 rounds per minute. Having seen a demonstration in 1861, President Abraham Lincoln is said to have been quite enamored with the weapon. The US War Department ultimately acquired a total of 60 coffee mill guns. However, field commanders thought they wasted too much precious ammunition.
The single barrel became quickly overheated during use, and the hopper-fed cartridges often jammed, making the guns impractical. Due to these problems, the guns saw little action during the war. A few were deployed to guard potentially vulnerable targets like bridges.
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