M134 Minigun

The M134 Minigun is a heavy automatic weapon used by the United States Army. The same weapon is used by the Air Force under the designations GAU-2 and GAU-17, and by the Navy as the Mk 25. The minigun features six barrels that rotate as they fire, and is capable of incredibly high rates of fire.

Link to Wikipedia Article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minigun

  • Chapter 33, Part 2 - The Blackhawk helicopter sent to locate the Chinook crash site was equipped with at least one M134 Minigun.

Minigun firing from inside a helicopter

Minigun mounted on a Blackhawk helicopter

Closeup of Blackhawk mount

  • Ammunition - 7.62mm (.308 inches)
  • Maximum effective range: 1,000 meters
  • Muzzle velocity: 853 meters per second
  • Cyclic rate of fire: 2,000 to 6,000 rounds per minute
  • Magazine capacity: disintigrating link belts, up to 5,000 rounds
  • Weighs 85 pounds for weapon alone

  • Originally developed in the 1960s, it was used extensively in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Continues in production with very little change from when it was introduced.
  • Used as armament by helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, boats and vehicles.
  • There is a man-portable version, which was featured in the movies Predator and Terminator 2.

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