War Machine: The Minigun.
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|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
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if this is anything like the one used in the movie, "Predator' then that is one very mean and cool weapon
Superb capture my friend.
LOL yeah there was one in that movie! The one in this photo is from a gunship.
A fierce opponent to be sure!
LOL, the first thing I though when I saw this was "Predator"!
Hard to think this stems from the Gatling Gun where you operated it by cranking a handle.
Interesting gatling gun.
These make a very distinctive sound when fired, especially if you're sitting next to it in a UH1.
Ah! Arnies Fave Weapon of choice in T2!!! LOL
Great post, another great close up of a cool item I'd love to hear fired!
"Spooky, Spooky where are you???) Heard over the radio in a place called Vietnam.
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.
Still a Gatling gun....hasn't really changed much in 100+ years apart from motive power..excellent close up, you've captured quite a lot of detail on something that
that doesn't have a lot of detail....more!!!!
A nice dispaly and photo!
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