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M230 Chaingun by Mydin M230 Chaingun by Mydin
M230 30mm Chain Gun Automatic Cannon from ATK Armament Systems. It is standard armament for the Apache helicopter. The M230LF is a link fed variant for ground use.

Each shot puts out 9,000 pounds of recoil force.

I am a big fan of chainguns. Most externally powered weapons rely on the ammunition quality for safety. That makes for catastrophic failures in the event of a hangfire. The ATK chainguns have a mechanism to hold the bolt closed in such an event.

All chainguns have a single fixed barrel. There is no such thing as a gatling style multi barrel chaingun. Doom is wrong.
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Raakone Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Awesome picture. And yes, thanks to Doom, people confuse "chaingun" and "minigun"
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LordCastigator Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
So chainguns are single barreled & fire a belt (a chain) of ammo, a Gatling gun has multiple barrels & usually also use chain ammo, Miniguns are...portable versions of Gatling guns?

Either way, awesome weapon...
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Mydin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Ammo in belted form is called "linked." The Chain Gun is called a chain gun because it uses what looks almost like a bike chain to time the mechanism. They have one barrel.

Gatling Guns were invented by Richard Gatling. Miniguns use the same operating principle (elliptical cam path) so it's not entirely inaccurate to call them Gatling guns. They have multiple barrels.

They can use both linked ammo or loose ammo. They can both be made into semi-portable and fixed configurations, but always* require an external power source.

*there are a few Russian gatling style guns that are self powered.
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Kaotima Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
That's a pretty awesome gun... I'll admit, I'm usually in the habit of using 'minigun', 'chaingun', 'gatling' and the like interchangeably. Huh. Learn something every day.
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nateman747 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009   General Artist
but as you probably know, many people get them confused based on looks.
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Mydin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
I blame Doom.
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nateman747 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009   General Artist
sorry but yes there is such thing as a multi barrel chaingun
[link]

cool pic anyway though
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Mydin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
I have personally been to the range where that video was taken. It's a Dillon Aero M134 DC Drive Minigun. Not a chaingun. Whoever told you that's a chaingun is flat out wrong. It uses an elliptical cam path for bolt timing as per Richard Gatlings original design. A chaingun uses a chain. This is the gun: [link]

Thank you for viewing my photo.
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Fitz-Chivalry Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
I find it amusing how much you know about guns. I guess when you do something for a living you know what pertains to it.
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nateman747 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009   General Artist
hmm thank you, i will have 2 tell them that.
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