For those who have a fascination for “all that is gun,” or the scene in the movie “Act of Valor” when the SWCC boat crews arrive to lay suppressive fire for the extracting team, you’ll love the M134D Minigun by Dillon Aero! The amount of 7.62mm rounds this weapon puts out is amazing, to say the least.
I can still remember the first time I heard the sound of a Gatling type weapon one ripping off a long burst of 30mm rounds on my first deployment to Iraq and thinking to myself, “who would bring a lawnmower to a gunfight?” That’s when I looked up and saw a plume of smoke, followed by a faint, muffled report coming from an A10.
The Dillon M134D Gatling Gun is one of the finest defense suppression weapons available, and when you need suppression quick, fast, and in a hurry, the M134D is where you’d turn to.
So what makes the M134D so popular to troops, contractors, gun enthusiast,etc?
The M134D is a six-barreled electric machine gun that fires the NATO 7.62mm cartridge at a rate 3,000 rounds per minute! With a rate of fire like this, the minigun typically runs a 3,000 to 4,000 round magazine, giving the operator the choice of a full one minute burst. Suppression at its finest!
With the amount of ammo the minigun lays downrange, you would expect the maintenance on it to be fairly high. This is not the case. While at Dillon Aero, I asked them how often they have to clean the M134D. The answer was, “We don’t. The multi-barrel design means that each barrel only experiences a 500 round per minute rate of fire. This allows for repeated long bursts of fire and a barrel group life of 200,000 rounds. In the unlikely event of a stoppage, the weapon can be serviced and made operational again in under a minute. ”
Due to the fact that the weapon is electrically operated and not gas operated, there is no carbon buildup on the internals of the weapon.
Fixed Forward Fire: 56.9 lbs
Crew Served Gun: 66.1 lbs
Check them out at Dillon Aero’s website.
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