Lian Zi Chong (連子銃)

Ming Chinese Early Machine Gun
Drawing of a Lian Zi Chong, from 'Ji Xiao Xin Shu (《紀效新書》)'.
Lian Zi Chong (連子銃, lit. 'Rapid bullet gun') is a type of rapid fire handgonne developed during the mid Ming Dynasty period. It has a round iron tube magazine mounted perpendicular to its barrel that holds several lead balls. Lian Zi Chong is also loaded with several paper cylinders containing pre-measured charge of gunpowder (essentially blank paper cartridges), all connected to a single fuse.

When the fuse is lit, gunpowder charges will be ignited one by one, shooting lead balls out of the barrel one at a time until entire magazine is spent. Once Lian Zi Chong starts firing, there is no way to stop it. In a sense, Lian Zi Chong is basically a Roman candle in gun form.

While this weapon isn't impractical to the point of completely unusable, it is notoriously weak, inaccurate and unreliable.

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