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    Is that actually possible? 16 666 rounds a second? Wow!

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    that is freaken sick.

    I will say it will make an awesome CIWS to defend ships against cruise missile attack...even better stopping power than the Phalanx.

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    I'm just trying to work this out - say the latest squad level machine gun fires 1000 a minute (works out to 16.67 rounds a second). This latest weapon would require 1000 machine guns to fire simoutaneously, as a single entity to produce the 1 000 000 rounds per minute figure. Surely, this isn't possible? Even if you carried this weapon on a helicopter, it would require a fair amount of space (anyone ever seen 1000 machine guns side by side?)

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    Er yeah i saw this on discovery channel or history channel and they described how it worked it dosen't fire faster than a mini gun.It uses HUNDREDS of different barrels to fire the bullets not 1 or a couple like the mini gun. the only part of the gun that has been invented is the firing mechanism. It dosen't take a genius to work out that multiplying the barrels will multiply the amount of bullets fired.

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    Sure... but how feasible is a weapon with "hundreds" of barrels? (Actually 1000 according to my calculation) - would be a ***** to carry/clean/maintain)

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    its definatly not an infantry weapon.

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    For sure.

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    the firing mechanism has no moving parts. Instead, it uses electronic ballistics technology. Unlike other guns, the only parts which move are the bullets.
    Interesting indeed. Imagine the weight and volume of ammunition required for such a beast. For CIWS weight would'nt be an issue though.


    4,500 RPM for the 20mm MK-15 'Phalanx'

    Currently the MK-15's have been removed on ships like the Nimitz for example and have been replaced by the RIM-7


    Interesting prospects for the 1 million round gun though....

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    Technology is always moving foward and making things we can't yet comprehend. Imagine explaining an electrically powered 7.26 minigun to people in the 1700s only 250 years ago.

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    True, but explain it to us, now. If this is true, it represents a major leap in technology, incomprehensible to many of us in this time-period.

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    Rather than use mechanical firing pins to shoot bullets one by one, O'Dwyer's gun holds multiple bullets in the barrel -- one behind the other.

    Electronic charges set off in different parts of the barrel, just fractions of a second apart, fire the bullets in blindingly fast succession using traditional gunpowder.

    The result is akin to a laser beam of lead and it offers several advantages over a regular machine gun.

    First, the new gun is solid-state and electronic, meaning there are few mechanical parts to jam.

    Second, more bullets can be fired with one squeeze of the trigger before the gun recoils.

    But perhaps most remarkable of all, the unique ballistics of firing projectiles close together means that the bullets farther back of the pack actually push those in front of them, thereby increasing bullet velocity.
    http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,46570,00.html

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    Trident-za:

    Gatling Operation:
    The modern Gatling gun is usually composed of 3 to 7 barrels in a circular array. In operation, the barrels and inner receiver rotate together. Independent bolts, one aligned and moving with each barrel, follow a helical cam track in the outer receiver. The cam track controls the feeding, locking, and extracting functions by moving each bolt fore and aft relative to its barrel. The timing of the system is fixed by the position of the bolt in track versus rotation. Each bolt typically contains its own striker or other firing device. (Cannon cartridges are usually electrically primed.)

    Today, Gatling guns are usually controlled by an electric motor, which means that rate of fire depends only on how fast the motor turns the mechanism. Theoretically, a Gatling gun can fire at any rate, from as slow as is needed to as fast as is safe. Most motors have several pre-set rates of fire, which can be selected by the user.


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    Rather than use mechanical firing pins to shoot bullets one by one, O'Dwyer's gun lines bullets up in the barrel -- one behind the other -- with gunpowder packed between them. The gunpowder is ignited by an electronic charge. When the charges are set just fractions of a second apart, the bullets fire in blindingly fast succession.
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    Just how lethal? That depends on how many rounds you want to fire and how many barrels you want to put to use. In a test firing of 36 barrels, lashed together and firing full bore, the gun reduced a series of 15 wooden doors to toothpicks in just two-tenths of a second.

    The feat earned O'Dwyer's technology a place in the Guinness World Records for the fastest firing ballistic weapon, said company spokesman Peter Wetzig. [/color]

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    Nice toy

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