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The week in history: Nov. 4-10

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 34: Front view of a Gatling gun at the Washington Arsenal, Washington DC, May 26, 1866. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

Nov. 4, 1862: The Gatling gun is patented

American inventor and doctor Richard Gatling patented his legendary gun on this day, which at the time could fire around 200 rounds per minute. The physician kept working on improving its working and by the time he sold his creation to the Colt's Manufacturing Company in 1970, the gun could fire 1,200 bullets in 60 seconds. Regarded as a forerunner of the modern-day machine gun, it was first used by some Union officers during the American Civil War, but officially adopted by the U.S. Army in 1866.

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