- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: May 20, 1998
This is an explosive tour through the history of one of the most influential and deadly weapons ever created.
They first appeared on the battlefields of the Civil War. The art of war has never been the same.
Around 1862, the inventor Richard Gatling took advantage of advances in bullet technology to invent the first true machine gun. Mounting 10 barrels in a circle that rotated when cranked (either by hand or with external power) the Gatling gun was without equal on the battlefield, and heralded a new era in warfare. MACHINE GUNS traces the development of these vital weapons from their origins to the present day. Explore the innovations of pioneers like Hiram Maxim, and see how machine guns have evolved into several distinct types with specialized uses and features. Extensive battlefield footage shows them in action, and military historians reveal how the machine gun has helped define modern warfare.