"This is the worst device, in all the years/ of the inventiveness of humankind/ which e'er imagined was by evil mind."
- Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando Furioso
And Ariosto was moaning about guns with only one barrel.
And yes, Leonardo designed plenty of ammo for the monster.
Full metal jacket.
Why it Would Have Worked:
Guns are useful on the battlefield; they kill people. However, Renaissance arquebuses were one hell of a pain in the ass for numerous reasons, the worst of them being how difficult they were to reload. What you basically had was a hand-cannon being loaded by a one-man crew in the middle of a battlefield, and with just your brains for defense. Oh, and for extra fun, the barrels had to cool before you did anything to avoid exploding. Leonardo's machine gun was designed with all these issues in mind, which is why it allowed its barrels to cool, be reloaded and fire all at the same time.
What the future looked like in the 15th century.
So, basically what we're saying is it's a damned good thing Leonardo had the art career to keep him busy.
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