Leonard da Vinci´s organ gun
Konrad Kyeser, Bellifortis, Clm 30150, Tafel 13, Blatt 74v
A Ribauldequin, also known as a rabauld, ribault, ribaudkin, infernal machine or organ gun, was a late medieval volley gun with many small-caliber iron barrels set up parallel on a platform, in use during the 14th and 15th centuries. When the gun was fired in a volley, it created a shower of iron shot. They were employed, specifically, during the early fifteenth century, and continued serving, mostly, as an anti-personnel gun. The name organ gun comes from the multiple barrels with the likeness of pipe organ.
As an early type of multiple barrel firearm, the ribauldequin is sometimes considered the predecessor of the 19th century mitrailleuse.
The first known ribauldequin was used by the army of Edward III of England in 1339 in France during theHundred Years' War. Edward's ribauldequins had twelve barrels which fired salvoes of twelve balls. Nine-barreled ribaults were used by Milan and other participants in the Italian Wars. Ribauldequins were also used in the Wars of the Roses. During the Second Battle of St Albans, Burgundian soldiers underYorkist control utilized the weapon against the Lancastrian Army led by Queen Margaret of Anjou. In Eastern Europe, a heavier version of the organ gun was used by Stephen the Great of Moldavia as late as 1475, as attested to by Polish chronicler Bieski.[citation nee