This machine, known as the multiple cannon (1450), is one of the earliest ancestors of the machine gun.<a
Hand-held multi-barreled gun dating from 1755. It represents an attempt to produce a more powerful firearm. It had to be rested on a wall before it could be fired.
James Puckle patented this repeating weapon in 1718. It is closer to the machine gun than the two weapons shown above. One cylinder fired round bullets and another square ones, which were actually thought to be more effective against the enemy!