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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Meanwhile, back at the old Frankfort, KY armoury. 1st we have the Browning M2 .50 cal. rigged for anti- aircraft use.
    The 2nd is a Williams Rapid Fire Gun/cannon with an interesting history. Seems that in eastern KY, during the Civil War, the Confederates & Yankees camped a little to close to each other and a Union officer taking a night stroll, found himself at the Confederate camp. He waited for the sentry to dose off & strolled into the camp. He sees this gun on a carriage but knew he couldn't roll the thing out without waking the camp. Instead, he removed the cap squares & carried the 150 lb. barrel & action into the woods & covered it up. When the Yankees later uncovered it, they didn't know what to do with it, so shipped it to the Frankfort Armoury, where it still resides. There were only an estimated 42 made & could fire 60 rds of 1 lb. per minute. Almost the 1st machine gun. It was invented by a Kentuckian for the South.
    Then we have a GE prototype mini-gun that I don't think I could mount on my handlebars. Ah! Dreams !
    I threw in my latest profile pic. because I doubted that anybody could see the handicap permit on the handlebars in that tiny pic.. Well, I think it's funny and exemplifies my weird humour. I got some great smiles in the parking lot & that made it worthwhile.

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    1. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      #2 and 3 are both something I have never seen. I have seen the business ends of the GE guns before but not all the machinery. They also made nice electric fans.
    2. GeodeJem GeodeJem, 4 years ago
      Wow vicious looking things. Just the thing if your in congested traffic and your late home for dinner
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Fort, I was interested in the mechanism & took two pix that you can see more in. One is from directly in the back & shows a lot of the workings. My mail address is in my profile if you want me to send them to you. Planning on starting a mountain war are we ? Watch out for drones.
    4. akrodog akrodog, 4 years ago
      The mini gun will take care of the drones! Guaranteed. Spent a bunch of time around the three barreled 20mm cannon, the minigun's big brother. Same type of mechanism and slaving motor strong enough to lift the front of a Cobra off the deck! Not so good for the barrels but can be done.
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Nick, is that a newer version or still the "Vulcan"?
    6. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 4 years ago
      A friend had a handicap plate on his Harley that some gave him grief over.
    7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      PolPin, that sounds like people who don't have a life of their own. My heart attack affected balance & my knees. My bike is therapy for both.
    8. Caperkid, 4 years ago
      A Canadian sniper with a Macmillan Tac 50 CAl just set the confirmed kill record 2.14 miles hang time over 10 sec from a high rise. In Afghanistan .
    9. Caperkid, 4 years ago
    10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Thanks for showing appreciation for one of my likes in collection. Akrodog has a bike & lives near, so maybe we'll cruise up & get more pix.. They had no history on the Confederate rapid cannon & when I researched it, the true story was great. Made my day.

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