M134 Minigun
Country of origin

United States


General Electric, Dillon Aero INC, DeGroat Tactical Armaments, Garwood Industries


General Electric

Year(s) designed


Production began


Weapon type

Gatling-Type Machine Gun


7.62 x 51 mm NATO

Overall length

800 millimeters

Barrel length

550 millimeters

Weight empty

35 pounds

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

Belt fed

Cyclic rate

2000-6000 rounds per minute

Maximum effective range

3280 feet

Muzzle velocity

869 meters per second

The M134 Minigun is a multiple barrel machine gun capable of firing up to 6000rpm.

The M134 is commonly referred to as the Minigun because of its relatively low caliber compared to weapons such as the M61 Vulcan from which it is derived as it was intended as the smallest gun used on an aircraft 'Mini gun'. This weapon gets its design from the larger M61 Vulcan. It is scaled down to fire 7.62 x 51 mm NATO rounds. It is known for its high rate of fire and is most commonly used mounted in aerial vehicles such as helicopters and aircraft.

Foreign copiesEdit

An Iranian copy of the M134 exists as the Akhgar machine gun and is used on light vehicles.



See alsoEdit


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