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Impossibility of being able to supply the g un with ammunition with the necessary precision and order. The speed of I 50 rounds per minute allows the application of the simple mechanism adopted for this arm, and it is also 4I with it to be less feared that ammunition may be unnecessarily wasted, as is the case with guns firing excessively fast. As in the Revolving Cannon, the turning of the crank causes the automatic loading firing and extraction of the fired cartridge-shells, all these operations being performed continuously during the movement of the crank.

Were two minutes, so that, considering the time of firing, the number of hits is much greater for the Revolving Cannon than for the other guns. In tlze report of tlze "Memorial de l'Artillerie de la Mariue,'' :! cts pl11s consid/rablcs que lcs mitmi//cuscs Gatli7~f·'' It must also be remarked that th ese results \\'ere obtained with a Revolving Cannon of the first model, built in I8JI , of infe rior ballistica l capacity, with a projectile weighing 490~' and a charge of 8 s~' Since thi s time the inventor has, from his o wn experiences, and according to indications made by the committee of experiments at Gavre, some valuable suggestions and • augmented the power of his arm, so that there is reason to expect from the guns of most recent elate, w-ing a projec tile of a charge of 120~'· , and results much superior to th ose obtai ned at Gane in January, 1873, and it making a 520"' IS to be regretted that sufficient data for comparison of th e effects obta in ed with the la test models did not exist.

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