Thursday, December 6, 2007
Vulcan M134 MiniGun
The GE M134 Vulcan minigun is an aircraft cannon, usually found gracing the door of an assault helicopter or (in slightly different guise) the wing pods of a fighter plane. In popular culture the term "Minigun" has come to refer to any externally powered Gatling gun of rifle caliber, though the term is sometimes used to refer to guns of similar rates of fire and configuration regardless of power source and caliber. Specifically, the term Minigun refers to a single weapon, originally produced by General Electric. The "mini" of the name is in comparison to designs that use a similar firing mechanism but 20 mm or larger shells.
In Hollywood, however, it's more often found tucked nonchalantly under the arm of a very large man, specifically Jesse Ventura in Predator or Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2, and is used by them to make a real mess of somebody's day or, more often, a whole bunch of somebodies... For various reasons it would be completely impossible for even a superhero to use it like that, but it looks marvelous on screen.
These stats are taken from Modern Ops with a few modifications (like being able to carry it) by me.
GE M134 Vulcan Minigun (Hollywood style)
Ammo: 10 Combat Rounds
Weight: 50 lbs
Notes: AP 2, MBT, +4 to hit