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chasep255
May 11, 2011, 09:37 PM
Just wondering if anyone has ever fired one of these. I was watching some videos on YouTube of them. Looks like ammo may be a bit pricey :D. Also wondering if any of these actually exist on the civilian market and if so for how much?

PTK
May 11, 2011, 10:54 PM
I have indeed fired one in 7.62x51mm, and yes there's at least one transferable on the market. When I saw it for sale a couple years ago, it was $160,000 with full setup, extra parts, feed chute, but no ammo. Humorously, the buyer would have had to pay the $200 tax twice - once for from the owner to the dealer, then to your dealer, then the next $200 stamp so the new owner could possess it! At that price, you'd think the seller would pay the first stamp!! :D

ClydeFrog
May 12, 2011, 02:47 AM
Are you talking about the next gen mini guns like Dillon?
www.Dillonaero.com ?

DRBoyle
May 12, 2011, 03:50 AM
Can you imagine running one of those? Plenty of eye opening videos
of people running them until they glow red hot.

Skans
May 12, 2011, 09:33 AM
The minigun is the Holy Grail of machine guns. But, for what it costs, it should be gold and platinum plated with diamond studded parts.:D

Willie Lowman
May 12, 2011, 09:52 AM
For the money I'd rather have a half dozen transferable MGs and a truck load of ammo.


There is/was a guy in Ohio trying to sell a postie General Electric M134 for $45000.

PTK
May 12, 2011, 12:50 PM
Heck, for that much money I'd personally forget about MGs and just get an 02/07 and finally be able to put all my ideas into steel and such. :)

highvel
May 12, 2011, 08:05 PM
It would really suck to own one and only be able to shot it about 3-5 minutes a year!:D

ClydeFrog
May 12, 2011, 09:46 PM
Maybe you could crank off a few 20mm full auto bursts at the big machine gun shooters/collectors event. I think it's in KY or TN once a year.
The event was featured on the History series; Mail Call with R Lee Emery.

ClydeFrog

Skans
May 13, 2011, 07:41 AM
What if someone made a .22 conversion kit for the minigun????

PTK
May 13, 2011, 12:48 PM
The closest I've seen is still the hand-cranked .22 Gatling gun. They're $4k+ last I looked, though... at that price you could easily get into a MAC11/9 with a .22lr kit and a handful of mags.

ClydeFrog
May 13, 2011, 10:08 PM
The article posted on www.IMFdb.org states a 5.56mmNATO version was in the T&E phase but never really worked properly :(.
The Predator listing also says the US Army SF(special forces) field tested a X214 mini gun but that weapon was not practical or useful in real spec ops or combat.
The 1990s version of Rock & Roll, the GI Joe heavy machine gunner packed a big mini gun with a canister type backpack for spare rounds. See www.YoJoe.com .
The mini gun concept could work in theory but it would be to hard to keep loaded or maintain in the field.
I'd also think it would be what some infantry units call a "bullet magnet". :(

ClydeFrog

Technosavant
May 14, 2011, 09:58 AM
I'd also think it would be what some infantry units call a "bullet magnet".

Especially since firing from behind cover is pretty much impossible if you have to support the thing yourself.

What if someone made a .22 conversion kit for the minigun????

If 922o ever goes away, I would *lovelovelove* a .22LR minigun. Maybe with the cyclic rate brought now a bit, but I'd think it should be reasonably reliable and massively cheaper to shoot. Completely impractical, but one of the few ways a bullet hose like that could be anywhere approaching economical.

fal308
May 14, 2011, 04:57 PM
back when I used to attend Knob Creek http://www.knobcreekrange.com/events/featured-events/machine-gun-shoot regularly (several years ago) there were several miniguns in attendance, probably 4 to 6 IIRC. There's even a triple mingun that shows up

xMINORxTHREATx
May 15, 2011, 10:35 AM
There is/was a guy in Ohio trying to sell a postie General Electric M134 for $45000.


The guy who owns it has a booth set up at all the Bill Goodman's shows. Pretty eye catching to say the least.

sirsloop
May 15, 2011, 05:15 PM
You can convert two Ruger 10/22's into a sorta hand cranked machine gun... they sell the kits online. Pretty cheap and they look neat.

http://vpcblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/10-22gatling.jpg

Sleuth
May 19, 2011, 05:35 PM
there was a guy in the West here with one for sale about 6 years ago. Compete, it was 1/4 Mill. dollars.

As for handheld minis, no one seems to consider the weight, torque, and recoil. The guns, even in 5.56, are heavy, plus the batteries needed to operate the delinker and the gun, plus the ammo. The torque is significant, and tries to twist the gun off target - oops, there goes my first 2,000 rounds! Finally, the recoil comes as a push, not a shove. But it is a continuous push, as long as you hold the switch down.