Feb 23, 2011

Minigun - Gatling type machine gun Multi barrel firearm

XM133 Minigun Gatling type machine gun Multi barrel firearm
2000 to 6000 blistering rounds fired per minute. Gatling type rotating barrels powered by an outside phantom power source.

 AH-56 Cheyenne Minigun - Gatling type machine gun Multi barrel firearm

Early attempts at creating the minigun happened in world war 1 but the electric driven rotating barrels were not perfected until world war 2

XM53 Minigun - Gatling type machine gun Multi barrel firearm
Miniguns are rarely carried freehand and are more commonly mounted on armored vehicles, tanks, aircrafts and even some water vehicles


XM196 Minigun - Gatling type machine gun Multi barrel firearm
Above is an idea of the type of ammo fed into the minigun. 7.62 mm (0.308 in) caliber ammunition is standard

GAU-2/A Minigun - Gatling type machine gun Multi barrel firearm
GAU-17/A mounted on multiple US Navy Speed boats during a training excercise

M134 Minigun - Gatling type machine gun Multi barrel firearm
The minigun mounted on an assault helicopter in the vietnam war able to cut through and destroy any target with brutal force

Minigun specs
Weight: 29.98 kg
Length: 801.6 mm
Barrel length: 558.8 mm
Cartridge: 7.62x51mm NATO
Caliber: 7.62 mm (0.308 in)
Action: Electrically driven rotar breech
Rate of fire: Variable, 3,000 rpm
Muzzle velocity: 2,850 ft/sec (869 m/s)
Maximum range: 3,280 ft (1,000 m, 1,093 yd)

minigun history
Designer: General Electric
Designed in: 1960
Manufacturer by: General Electric, Dillon Aero INC, DeGroat Tactical Armaments, Garwood
Production 1962 to present


MAU-201/A unit Minigun - Gatling type machine gun Multi barrel firearm
An interesting sketch of the minigun above from deviant art

Mythbusters use the minigun to determine whether or not it can cut through a tree


For more detailed coverage see the Minigun multiple barrel firearm on wiki

2 comments:

Killbucket said...

Excellent post.

AWESOMENESS PWNAGE said...

EPIC AWESOMNESS OF THE M134D GATLING GUN OF EPIC PWNAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL....

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