On The Firing Line With The M134 Minigun

M134 Minigun
The M134 Mini-Gun is an electrically driven rotary breach 7.62x51mm machine gun sporting six barrels with a variable rate of fire from 2,000 to 6,000 rounds per minute.

While filming the 2018 season of Guns&AmmoTV we had the unique opportunity to fire a very interesting machine gun, the M134 Minigun. We were filming on location in Uvalde, Texas at DriveTanks.com which is an exceptional living history museum. What makes it unique? Not only can you see and touch historical small arms, armored vehicles and anti-tank guns, but you can actually shoot many of them, like the M134 seen here. Yes, even some of the tanks have live main guns you can fire too! Tom Beckstrand, a West Point graduate and former Special Forces officer was on camera for this segment. He looked right at home behind the gun and made short work of a car some 200 meters distant which was unfortunate enough to be acting as his target. An important piece of American firearms history, the M134 is a true classic. I wanted to share this with FirearmsNews.com’ fans, so I shot this short video during a break in filming. FirearmsNews.com has a variety of interesting videos coming up which include hitting the range with a M4A2E8 Sherman and Soviet T-34/85, along with a host of small arms and an anti-tank gun or two. So make sure to check back here, and tune into Guns&AmmoTV, available on The Sportsman Channel, for separate coverage. If you’ve cut the cord to cable TV you can stream it through our MOTV.com streaming service. If you’d like the opportunity to handle and fire an M134 Minigun, and many others, take a look at DriveTanks.com.

M134 Minigun
Tom Beckstrand brings the pain to the target car. With a bit of practice the M134 can provide a very high hit probability due to its intense rate of fire.

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