Ultra Fast & Murderous M134 Gatling Gun in Action / Firing – Close Air Support

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Ultra Fast & Murderous M134 Gatling Gun in Action / Firing - Close Air Support

Aerial gunners performing live fire exercises during close air support training. The crew of the UH-1 Venom and HH-60 Pave Hawk fire the M134 miniguns and GAU-21 .50 caliber machine guns at simulated targets. The units routinely conducting live fire training exercise in order to prepare for future deployments.

The M134 Minigun is a 7.62×51mm NATO, six-barrel rotary machine gun with a high rate of fire (2,000 to 6,000 rounds per minute) which can also fire at a high sustained rate. It features Gatling-style rotating barrels with an external power source, normally an electric motor. The “Mini” in the name is in comparison to larger caliber designs that use a rotary barrel design, such as General Electric’s earlier 20-millimeter M61 Vulcan, and “gun” for the use of rifle caliber bullets as opposed to autocannon shells.

The Minigun is used by several branches of the U.S. military. Versions are designated M134 and XM196 by the United States Army, and GAU-2/A and GAU-17/A by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.

“Minigun” refers to a specific model of weapon that General Electric originally produced, but the term “minigun” has popularly come to refer to any externally powered rotary-style gun of rifle caliber. The term is sometimes used loosely to refer to guns of similar rates of fire and configuration regardless of power source and caliber.

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