[Ads-l] Gatling gun = gat (antedating)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 21 16:16:38 EST 2021


"Revolver."

1878 _Republican_ (Oakland, Md.) (June 1) 3:  "Now, my lads!" cried Captain
Scudder, waving his Gatling gun over his head.

1914 _Evening Times_ (Grand Forks, N.D.) (Jan. 20) 2:  Hagel had said to
him: "I've got to get a Gat." ("Gat" was the slang term for a Gatling gun,
or automatic revolver.)

JL

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