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Special to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise
The Puckle gun (also known as the Defence gun) was a primitive crew-served, manually-operated flintlock  revolver patented in 1718 by James Puckle (1667-1724) a British inventor, lawyer and writer. It was one of the earliest weapons to be referred to as a “machine gun”, being called such in a 1722 shipping manifest,  though its operation does not match the modern use of the term.
The Puckle gun is a tripod-mounted, single-barreled flintlock weapon fitted with a manually operated  revolving cylinder; Puckle advertised its main application as an anti-boarding gun for use on ships. The barrel was 3 feet (0.91 m) long with a bore of 1.25 inches (32 mm). The cylinder held 6 to 11 shots depending on configuration, and was hand-loaded with powder and shot while detached from the weapon. [i] 
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