When was the minigun invented?

When was the minigun invented?

M134 Minigun

Machine Gun, High Rate, Caliber 7.62-mm, M134
Designer General Electric
Designed 1960
Manufacturer General Electric Dillon Aero Garwood Industries Profense
Produced 1962–present

What weapon was invented in 1862?

Gatling gun, hand-driven machine gun, the first to solve the problems of loading, reliability, and the firing of sustained bursts. It was invented about 1862 by Richard Jordan Gatling during the American Civil War.

When was the Gatling gun first used?

In 1862, Richard Jordan Gatling invented a multi-barreled, rotating gun operated by a hand crank that could fire up to 200 rounds a minute. Used only a few times during the Civil War, the Gatling gun would later become the first widely successful machine gun. Did you know?

Who invented the minigun?

General Electric
M134 Minigun/Inventors

Why are Miniguns called mini?

The reasons Miniguns are called “Mini” guns is because they came after the introduction of the 20mm M61 Vulcan and compared to the 20x102mm cartridge the Vulcan fired the Minigun’s 7.62x51mm cartridge was miniscule resulting in a much smaller gun.

What country made the Gatling gun?

United States

Gatling gun
Type Rapid-fire gun, hand cranked Machine gun
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 1862–1911

What is the fastest machine gun?

M134 Minigun
Watch the world’s fastest gun effortlessly fire 1 million rounds per minute. The highest rate of fire for a machine gun in service is the M134 Minigun. The weapon was designed in the late 1960s for helicopters and armored vehicles.

What round does the MG42 shoot?

7.62 mm
The MG42 was designed in Germany in 1938, and it was placed in action on all fronts by mid-1942. Its original calibre was 7.92 mm, but when West Germany entered the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the weapon’s bore was modified to fire the NATO standard rifle and machine-gun cartridge of 7.62 mm.

Why do Miniguns rotate?

To answer your question directly, the barrels are spun by an electric motor. In the community, it is referred to as a “chain gun”. The reason for this is mainly to avoid melting the barrel. The heat load of the projectile friction and propelling powder is distributed among the barrels, allowing adequate cooling time.

How many rounds does a minigun fire per minute?

The resulting weapon, designated M134 and known as the “Minigun”, could fire up to 6,000 rounds per minute without overheating. The gun has a variable (i.e. selectable) rate of fire, specified to fire at rates of up to 6,000 rpm with most applications set at rates between 3,000–4,000 rounds per minute.

What happened in 1862 in the United States?

September 5, 1862 – James Glaisher, pioneering meteorologist and Henry Tracey Coxwell break world record for altitude whilst collecting data in their balloon. September 15, 1862 – American Civil War: Confederate forces capture Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

What is the firing rate of the M134G minigun?

The optimum rate of fire was determined by Garwood to be around 3,200 rounds per minute (rpm). The M134G is being produced with this firing rate as well as 4,000 rpm and the previous standard 3,000 rpm rate. Garwood Industries made several other modifications to the 1960s Minigun design to meet modern-day military and ISO standards.

What happened on the USS Merrimack in 1862?

March 8, 1862 – American Civil War: The iron-clad Ship CSS (formerly USS Merrimack) is launched at Hampton Roads, Virginia. April 25, 1862 – American Civil War: Forces under Union Admiral David Farragut demand the surrender of the Confederate city of New Orleans, Louisiana.


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