32-Barrel Machine-Cannon

The insanity and ingenuity that can be found in the firearms world never ceases to amaze me. My latest personal muse is this black-powder machine-cannon suited for .36 caliber (cannon) balls. Using 4 rows of eight barrels, this portable wonder shoots nearly as quick as the MetalStorm.

Its firing mechanism is fundamentally rudimentary, but works like a charm. In fact, at about 25 yards, it fires a pretty good pattern.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Don Ward

    The 1870s telegraphed. They want their Mitrailleuse back.

    • spotr

      Learned a new “weapon word” today. Thanks!

  • morokko

    Germans had truly charming name for this type of gun: totenorgel – death organ. These were useful as defense weapons for covering passages, gates or broken parts of ramparts.
    On the side, it is funny how the development of artillery was somewhat circular, since late medieval and renaissance light cannons were very often breechloaders made from wrought iron and equipped with multiple precharged chambers to facilliate swift firing. Then they went for cast bronze muzzleloaders that were somewhat safer to use and traded rate of fire for higher velocities and larger calibres. And now we have returned to breechloading guns, thanks to revolution in metallurgy.

  • Sianmink

    Using 4 rows of eight barrels, this portable wonder shoots nearly as quick as the MetalStorm.
    Then It takes the next hour and a half to reload.

    • Tom

      So just like MetalStorm then 🙂

  • schizuki

    Neat, though someone should tell the videographer that slow-mo comes AFTER the real thing, not INSTEAD OF. Would love to see this at full speed.

    • MR

      They showed it at full speed,the full 32 barrels sounded like three bangs. Then they went back with the frame-by-frame, and you could see each barrel fire in order. Think they could have removed a few more frames of the fuse burning, but I should probably be more patient. Looks like a fun time

  • schizuki

    Mount it to a gyroscope and call it Death Blossom.

  • Bill

    OK, who wants to clean it?

    • Giolli Joker

      The guy who forgot the right caliber balls, of course!

  • Ned Weatherby

    That grin in slo-mo after the first bank finally all fired was priceless…

  • Southpaw89

    This is just too much fun, where can I get plans for one of these?

    • MR

      From the most powerful computer of all, your imagination.

  • Bob

    Does it come in a pistol version?

    • Rooftop Voter

      Was thinking bump fire

      • MR

        I was lurking on another forum, and Joerg from the Slingshot Channel was discussing possibly mounting several revolvers onto a framework with a cam device, and powering it with an electric drill. They determined that in the U.S., it would have to utilize cap-and-ball style double action revolvers, to avoid the “firearm” designation that comes with cartridge ammo. Not sure if they ever located any appropriate revolvers, or if it got past the cap-gun prototype that he built. Man that guy has a haunting laugh.

        Not sure if any of that made sense, but hey, it’s Saturday morning.

  • Marcus D.

    Claymore mines–the blackpowder days.

  • Jeff Heeszel

    Gotta love that faux-motion with faux-motion audio!

    • MR

      Good ole’ frame-by-frame. Retro film making at its finest.

  • mosinman

    Dear ATF can i fire this from the shoulder if i have a Sig Brace?

  • Yohei556

    Neat, kinda want…terrible video editing, but neat.

  • Hank Seiter

    Didn’t the host say the barrels were “.30 caliber each”? What’s with the .36 caliber reference in the text … unless the host was wrong?