The M134 Minigun is a 7.62 mm, six-barreled machine gun with a high rate of fire. It features Gatling-style rotating barrels with an external power source, normally an electric motor. The "Mini" of the name is in comparison to designs that use a similar firing mechanism but larger shells, such as General Electric's earlier 20-millimeter M61 Vulcan, and "gun" for a caliber size smaller than that a cannon, typically 20 mm and higher.
"Minigun" refers to a specific model of weapon, originally produced by General Electric. But the term "minigun" has popularly come to refer to any externally powered Gatling gun of rifle caliber. The term is also used to refer to guns of similar rates of fire and configuration sometimes, regardless of power source and caliber. Please zooooom for a better look.
Here is an interesting video on them. HERE
Jan 5, 2013 11:52:51 pmby netot Homepage »
I had a close encounter with that gun, during the civil war in my country, some aircraft-called push and pull and some helicopter were equipped with these guns, and one day a helicopter was right over my house shooting against guerrilla positions. I can not forget the sound of the gun and the sound of caps falling on our roof.Fortunately, the guerrillas did not respond to the attack. I do not know if it was because they did not wish to reveal their real position or because they had not enough firepower.