Designed by Sweden and used all over the world since 1977. This so called Man Portable air defense system has been made for harsh environments where every shot matters.
Read more >>>
This almost Hollywood like gatling-style rotating multi barrel machine gun serves its purpose with
very high rate of fire 2000-6000 rounds per minute. Not only that also its caliber 7.62 mm represents
its fearsome firepower.
The name Minigun is used for many weapons with similar fire rate and caliber which provide some
extreme fighting power. The first gatling gun from 1860s was firing with speed of which your hand turned the barrels but with electricity also came an electric motor which pushed gatling gun to its limits. With
new materials, light-weight, recoil and gas operated mechanism small assault rifles replaced gatling gun.
With arrival of helicopter gatling gun was back again, mounted on the sides of helicopters made their dayview in Vietnam War. gatling gun played a role of heavy support gun due to the fact that helicopters were very vulnerable to small arms and RPG's. It has been used on light armored vehicles and helicopters until today. United States army uses it in battlefields all around the globe plus its being used by around 20 other countries around the world.
Main design of gatling gun m134 consists of six-barrel, air-cooled and electrically driven machine gun.
Why 6-barrels? The design helps prevent overheating and also serves for higher rate of rife. As one barrel fires two others are extracting shells and other three are being loaded. Powered by electricity, hydraulic or even gas pressure or recoil energy provided by the fired bullets.