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Nordenfelt gun

Writing by admin on Tuesday, 6 of November , 2007 at 8:17 pm

The Nordenfelt gun was designed by Swedish engineer Helge Palmcrantz as a multiple barrel machine gun.
The machine gun had a maximum of twelve barrels and was manufactured for calibres up to 25 mm.

The mechanism which loaded and fired the gun was patented in 1873 and consisted of a lever moved backwards and forwards.

The gun was named after Thorsten Nordenfelt, a Swedish steel producer working in London at the time who funded the production. The gun was produced in England and was adopted by the British Royal Navy. During a demonstration, 3,000 rounds were fired in 3 minutes and 3 seconds using a 10 barreled version. Outclassed by the Maxim gun, the Nordenfelt gun was phased out. In 1888 Nordenfelt merged with the Maxim Gun Company and became Maxim Nordenfelt Guns and Ammunitions Company Limited.

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Category: European Military Weapons,Historical,Military Weapons,Videos



Comment by John Rogers

Made Wednesday, 1 of October , 2008 at 5:59 am

It is worth mentioning that the photo of the four barrel Nordenfelt on board HMVS Cerberus in 1905 and the video of the five barrel Nordenfelt are both on our website at

Comment by once

Made Tuesday, 11 of March , 2014 at 7:54 am

It’s nearly impossible to find well-informed people on this topic,
however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about!

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