Blast from the Past

The true story of a 19th-century weapon of mass destruction with Baltimore ties gets a shot in the arm tonight as it's rebuilt on `Mythbusters'

December 05, 2007|By Joe Burris | Joe Burris,Sun reporter

John Lamb was tracing his great-great-grandfather's involvement in the Civil War when he came across reports of a 19th-century killing machine.

The former Harford County resident and Civil War buff soon turned his interests toward the so-called Winans Steam Gun. A shiny, black, oversized metal contraption, the steam gun was made by an Ohio inventor who boasted that it could take out an entire regiment in one sweep, firing up to 400 rounds a minute from 300 yards away.

On TV The 19th-century steam gun is featured on Mythbusters at 9 tonight on the Discovery Channel.

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