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Old 02-23-2012, 05:20 PM   #1
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Ok so I was just wondering, is the minigun real?

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Old 02-23-2012, 05:27 PM   #2
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Sure it is... I took these pics of it working at night, in northern I Corps in 1967....

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yep during name they mounted some on the sides of C47 for ground support, the cobra gunship has one mounted on front that points where ever the gunner looks. I know some black hawk (if not most) have them mounted next to the door. Also they're tons of videos on the internet of them firing, mythbusters even had a thing where they fired one off the top of a humvee if I remember correctly.

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Ok so I was just wondering, is the minigun real?
Real how? I've fired tens of thousands of rounds out of one. The nose turret in the old G-model Cobras that I flew had a 7.62 caliber minigun that would fire 4,000 rounds per minute and the ammo drum would hold 4,000 rounds. Every sixth round was a tracer. While it looked like the tracers were about an inch apart while firing there were actually five standard rounds between each tracer. Firing over water where you could see each impact was truely an awesome sight.

Now of course there are miniguns mounted on almost every type of vehicle and aircraft. The man carried version with the backpack of ammo is purely a Hollywood fantasy due to the power requirements and the weight of the ammo that would be needed. An average man could only carry a couple of seconds of ammo in a backpack.



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I was always told that they could cover every square inch of a football field with a round

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There are two different firearms called the mini gun.

One is a minature revolver made in Switzerland. Yes, it is real. It is not the first- people that have the skills of a jeweler have built miniature working firearms for over a century. You will not find the Swiss mini-revolver in the US- the 1968 Gun Control Act bars the import of certain firearms that do not meet a mnimum weight/ size limit.


The other mini that the folks are referring to is a powered Gatling gun. rate of fire varies depending on the gun, but can run as high as 6,000 rounds per minute. A small version was in the movie "Predator". The LARGE version is the size of a Volkwagen Bettle, and is carried by the A-10 Warthog- fires a 30mm diameter shell. Smaller versions are on the AC-130 Spectre gunships (the sons of the AC-47 "Puff the Magic Dragon" aircraft) and the smallest are the side gunners weapons on Huey and BlackHawk helicopters.

This is the version used for heavy traffic in Los Angeles-

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Many people refer to all electrically operated, multi barrel machineguns/cannons as "mini-guns". IIRC the 7.62 X 51 verssion is called a minigun. There is also a GE six pack that is 5.56mm (the movie Predator). A 20 mm version and the 30 mm in the belly of the A-10 Thunderbolt. Probably a few other caliber options out there.

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In addition to the 7.62 caliber version in the nose of the Cobra helicopter, I also had one of these on the wing for a while in 20mm. Worked great against enemy armor.

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Yea man i picked one up from the last show and got video remote car mounted tripod for it too , fit s nice in the back of my tahoe . I could have put it out the roof but picking the casings up is a pain , but in the back of the tahoe , they all stay inside so i can reload them later .. But mine is chambered in the 338 lapua so its a bit more accurate

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Real how? I've fired tens of thousands of rounds out of one. The nose turret in the old G-model Cobras that I flew had a 7.62 caliber minigun that would fire 4,000 rounds per minute and the ammo drum would hold 4,000 rounds. Every sixth round was a tracer. While it looked like the tracers were about an inch apart while firing there were actually five standard rounds between each tracer. Firing over water where you could see each impact was truely an awesome sight.

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