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M134 rotary machine gun system
six-barreled 7,62mm minigun
 

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The M134 Minigun is a 7.62x51mm 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.

Weight: 39 kg (85 lb) / 19 kg (41 lb) - lightweight model
Lenght: 801,6 mm (31.56 inches)
Barrel lenght: 558,8 mm (22 inches)
Caliber: 7,62mm
Cartridge: 7,62x51mm NATO
Barrels: 6
Action: electrically driven rotary breech
Rate of fire: variable, 2000-6000 rpm
Muzzle velocity: 853 m/s (2800 ft/s)
Maximal range: 1000 m (3280 feet)
Feed system: Cartridge on disintegrating link belt or linkless feed; dependent on installation (500-5000-round belt)

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