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M61 Vulcan Cannon by Mydin M61 Vulcan Cannon by Mydin
This is an M61A1 20mm Vulcan Cannon as prepared for aircraft mounting. It is part of the "Gatling" family of externally powered guns. This is not a minigun (M134). This is not a chaingun. It is a Vulcan Cannon. Let there be no more confusion on the matter.

The M61 puts out 3,200 pounds of recoil force at 6,000 shots per minute.

The easiest way to distinguish between the A1 and A2 is the drum. On the A2 the drum is skeletonized and the internal feed rails are easily visible from the front.

Chaingun: [link]
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:iconcosmosmocker:
CosmOSmocker Featured By Owner Edited Mar 7, 2015  Student General Artist
anyone know the ammo capacity of this drum? 1K, 2K rounds? i guess it's 1K, but i cant find data.
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Mydin Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Depends on the aircraft/mounting, but usually the ammo capacity is between 500 and 600 rounds. 
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JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Jeeze, this thing is a beast.
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GordoBlue Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
sick!
is this the largest caliber gatling gun?
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spikedpsycho Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
No the largest caliber rotary cannon was the T250 prototype. Installed aboard the T249 Vigilante self propelled anti air gun. It's a 37mm 6 barrel cannon.

ww3.rediscov.com/spring/VFPCGI…

www.primeportal.net/tanks/davi…
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:iconmydin:
Mydin Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Nope. The GAU-8 is probably the largest in common use. It fires a 30mm shell.
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:iconlordcastigator:
LordCastigator Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
That is a pretty weapon...
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:iconbrutechieftan:
Brutechieftan Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student General Artist
i'll take 2 please
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:icongmg5000:
GMG5000 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
GATLING GUN RULES, HELL YEAH!!! =D
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:iconfitz-chivalry:
Fitz-Chivalry Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
I miss you. Commenting on this image because... Well everybody does.
Come home sooner. =(
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:iconfitz-chivalry:
Fitz-Chivalry Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Heh... YOU'RE STILL GONE! YOU JERK!
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:iconlzyboi:
lzyboi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
HOLY SHIT-BRIX-AND-A-LOG-CABN
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wow! beautiful :lolly:
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sharpstop16 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
dear santa....
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:iconzsoca-san:
zsoca-san Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hell yea, peace through superior firepower! :D
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:iconmydin:
Mydin Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
Why's it always gotta be about peace?
Burning wreckage through superior firepower!
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zsoca-san Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well imo the thousand of megatons of nuclear weapons saved our asses in the Cold War era so we must be glad for the superior firepowers of the two superpowers :-D
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AtholTheDestroyer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I get one of these mounted on my truck?
<_<
>_>
The traffic around my place is terrible.
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:iconmydin:
Mydin Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
Naw, too big. I'd go for a KPV type of extra-heavy machine gun. They're easier to maintain and have less recoil impulse. You could put 'em on a cut down ZPU-2 or-4 mount.
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AtholTheDestroyer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, you make a compeling argument :D
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Ningai-Ryousanki Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
There are very few problems that can't be solved by using that piece of weapon-awesomness.
There should be a Tank with that babe as main-weapon.

N-R
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Mydin Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Yup. The M113 has a VADS variant called the M163. It's designed and trained as an anti-aircraft system like the ZSU23-4 but it's seen more use as a ground support weapon. They sure are nifty, but I'll take a Bofors over it any day.
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Soter-1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
This particular Vulcan looks to be off of a Hornet. The builders squeezed it into the nose, that's why the gun's right on top of the drum. It'd be cool to see it mounted as a turret.
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Mydin Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
This gun is indeed configured for aircraft use. It's been in every generation of fighters since the F-104 Starfighter in essentially the same configuration. Even the automated gun turret systems are very similar. The F-22 and F-18E/F variants use the M61A2, though.
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Soter-1 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Yep. I guess I wasn't clear with my post. I was pointing out that since the gun is directly on top of the drum this one is from a variant on the F/A-18. Just was pointing it out. However, your point about being in every generation may no longer be true. The F-35 will be using the GAU-22A Equalizer 25 mm cannon. I guess the US is finally jumping on the band wagon of larger cannon shells. Whatever, the point is, great picture, great information, I hope to see more soon.
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spikedpsycho Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
Size of the round isn't everything. Rate of fire is more important than hitting power. The Vulcan gun takes about 0.3 seconds to wind up to the full rate of fire, and half a second to wind down again. Some critics (notably defense analyst Pierre Sprey in a paper called First Rounds Count) argue that the aim is at it truest when the pilot pulls the trigger, and that it starts wandering off almost immediately. herefore, the 0.3 seconds delay would cause the gun to fire just after the piper was best aligned with the target. A revolver cannon such as the Mauser BK27 (fitted in the Tornado) does not have this problem, as it reaches its maximum rate of fire instantly. A simple calculation however shows that the M61 fires 70 rounds in the first second (6,000 rounds/minute = 100/second. 30% of the first second is wasted on winding up, so that leaves 70 rounds fired in the first second). The BK27 fires at 1,700 rpm, or 28 rounds per second. In order to fire the same amount of rounds in the first second, you'd still need 3 BK27's in stead of one Vulcan - quite a challenge to fit them in the limited space available in an F-16!

The rate of fire of 6,000 rpm or 100 rps means that shells are spaced by 0.01 sec. A MiG-29, with a length of 56ft 5in (17.20m) and 90? angle-off (i.e. with a direction of flight perpendicular to the direction of flight of the F-16), flying at 543kts (1,000 km/h) or 278m/sec travels 2.78m in 0.01 sec. Therefore, the Fulcrum will be hit at least 5-6 times if the aim is true.

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Mydin Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
I quite like the Soviet designed Gast guns for the reasons you mention. Lower overall rate of fire but zero lag between trigger pull and firing. There's also less barrel wear than a revolver cannon like the BK-27 and less transferred recoil than either the revolver or gatling operating principles. 
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Mydin Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Urgh. F-35's anger me. Jack of all trades, utter crap at all of them.
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spikedpsycho Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
Only the F-35A variant (for the Air Force) will have it's cannon built in. Leaving the Navy and the USMC to rely on gunpods. We've been down this road before. The F-4 Phantom didn't have a gun even though the pilots spoke heavily about having them. If you're a Soldier you carry three things into battle, a rifle for long range work, a pistol for short range work and a knife/bayonet for close quarters. For a fighter, you'd carry Sparrows/AMRAAM's for long range work, Sidewinders for short range work and a cannon for close quarters. And even with the F-35A gun. It'll only carry 185 rounds. Which is a poor capacity.
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StuntZ2006 Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
Brute force, If it doesn't work. Your not useing enough.
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dark-dragon-Path Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
Is this the same type of Vulcan that mounts in a A-10 Warthog family?
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Mydin Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
Close, but the Vulcan Cannon fires a 20mm round.

The Warthog mounts a GAU-8a Avenger (not a vulcan), which is about three times larger and fires a 30mm round more commonly used by light tanks. [link]
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dark-dragon-Path Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
Daayum, the people who said that plane was seriously designed and built entirely around that cannon weren't kidding!!
Thanks for the info! ^.=.^
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havenolimits Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
Oooh, this is so sweet. The "lil' bro" of Gau.
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