Why is the minigun called a minigun when it is anything but a minigun? How ironic?

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  • 1 month ago

    size is all relative.........it's mini, compared to similar type weapons of much larger size. 

    Bigger than a breadbasket....smaller than an elephant. 

    It's all relative. 

  • 1 month ago

    A name is a name. If such was called a Vulcan cannon, would it make it any less deadly?

  • 1 month ago

    In military terms, a "gun" is an artillery piece.  This, a mini-gun is pretty small by comparison.

  • 1 month ago

    The term comes from GE scaling down one of their guns.  It kind of has a general meaning now, but it was a brand originally.

    And do note:  A gun and a rifle are different things.  For guns, a small rotating barrel machine gun is very much on the small size.

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  • 1 month ago

    My understanding is (I might be wrong) they were developed for mounting in the doorways of helicopters in the Vietnam War.  They were developed by GE to replace another gatling-style machine gun that was much bigger/heavier. 

    If you rated guns by the ratio of the weight to the amount of lead they spit out in a minute, the minigun really does look small!

  • Ian
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Cause It's a scaled down version chambered in a normal rifle cartridge compared to the larger gatling cannons the M61 Vulcan or the one mounted on the A10 Warthog, the GAU-8/A Avenger

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