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AS A YOUNG MAN, Josephus Requa apprenticed to Rochester, N.Y., gunmaker William Billinghurst. Finding he didn’t care for that profession, Requa shifted careers, and by the outbreak of the Civil War he was a successful dentist. The conflict, however, inspired him to think of new ways to inflict pain on humanity. He designed a multi-barrel breechloading gun, and had his old master, Billinghurst, make a prototype.

The centerpiece of the weapon consisted of

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