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3/20/2017 5:03:23 PM
Posted: 6/26/2001 8:19:53 PM EDT
They sure have been around a long time, so I guess they must be. It just seems amazing to me that these weapons can churn out 6000rpm and keep going! How often do the barrels need to be changed? Any lucky people out there ever fire one?
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 8:37:17 PM EDT
Yeah, I carry one in my Galco Royalgaurd IWB holster. I've had to draw it to shoot a few thousand rounds at a guy who was trying to rob me at the ATM. Didn't jam. Sorry, I just couldn't resist.
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 8:39:39 PM EDT
Remember, there are 6 barrels there. The rate of fire for each barrel is relatively low, that's why they went back to the gatling platform. Barrel wear is less than with a conventional single barrel. Also, I've seen film of them reversing the setup and ejecting problem rounds, along with several good rounds, then returning to proper rotation and firing immediately. Remember, electric operation. No manual charging after stoppages. Big problem is voracious ammo consumption.
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 8:42:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 8:43:56 PM EDT
You might want to ask the Mall Ninja. I know he used to use the 7.62 Mini Gun back in the day. You remember, right? Tiffany and Debbie Gibson were doing all those mall concerts. You havent known fear until a pack of a few thousand prepubescent teens go berserk in your loval mall!
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 9:06:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Paul: We've got four 20 mm vulcan cannons at work. quote] Your in the Navy? And are you describing the Phalanx? My buddy served on the Nimitz as a Jet powerplant mechanic- I think they wore green uniforms on the flight deck. He sent me some empty 20mm cases. That's a lot of brass!
Link Posted: 6/27/2001 6:07:31 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/27/2001 4:06:29 PM EDT
I was gunner on a gun truck in Plieku, Viet Nam. We had two M2 BMG 50 cal. and a mini-gun mounted on it. It was an absolutely amazing weapon. Only problems we had was if a round was knocked out of the belt slightly. This would make it bind up in the feeder tube and break the link. Not good in an ambush. We escorted convoys from the coast up to the highlands to Plieku, Kontum and Dak To. If we carefully checked each round before loading it into the feeder box if worked great. It was hard to haul enough ammo to run a while but the short bursts you fired made it OK. Except for the delinker, it was a very simple and easy weapon to maintain. Ther was a lot parts, but there was 6 of everything so that made it a lot easier. All in all an incredible weapon.
Link Posted: 6/28/2001 7:46:33 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/28/2001 8:44:24 AM EDT
why hand crank it..have two guys hooked up to bicycle pedals crank and chain...pour a few gallons of coffee into them or jolt cola to vary the cyclic rate
Link Posted: 6/28/2001 8:50:30 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/28/2001 9:36:00 AM EDT
One in each door of a UH1N. 10,000 rounds loaded. Both left triggers taped down to yield 4000 rpm each. Windows in pilot doors open, elbows in! Shallow 80 knot dive. Punch the button. Gets very, very loud! Muzzle blast like being slapped repeatedly on the cheeks by two kids at 4000 slaps per minute, per cheek. Aircraft slowed to about 60 knots by recoil. Brass shower behind. (Remember Matrix?) Cool...
Link Posted: 6/28/2001 10:03:37 AM EDT
The 30mm used in the A-10 is a much bigger round than the 20mm. In the first flight where they test-fired it, the gun gasses caused the engines to flame out. Couldn't restart, nice slow-motion movie of the pilot ejecting. The recoil is enough that it could slow the AC to stall speed if fired long enough. I've been in an F-14 and F-18 when firing the 20mm Vulcan. The ground impact looks more like a shotgun blast than a machine gun. Sweet! Like Paul noted, when they test fire the Phalanx system, it's a target on a 10,000 foot cable towed behind an aircraft. The one test I saw, the Phalanx shot the cable apart just ahead of the target, then popped the target a few for good measure. No modern day Kamikazes need apply.
Link Posted: 6/28/2001 2:56:45 PM EDT
The GAU-2 I shoot on the HH-60 is sweet. We don't have many problems with them. If we do it's usually an AMMO problem. The left thumb trigger shoots at 2000 RPM and the right trigger turns them out at 4000 RPMs.
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