Aircraft MGs

Slow Motion: M134 Minigun (Video)

December 23, 2016 Ian McCollum 9

Following up to yesterday’s look at the history and (partial) disassembly of a GE M134 Minigun, today we will check it out in slow motion. I filmed these high-speed shots, but there was so much […]

Aircraft MGs

M134 Minigun: The Modern Gatling Gun (Video)

December 22, 2016 Ian McCollum 33

The General Electric M134 “Minigun” is essentially an electrically-powered Gatling gun – the conceptual operation of the gun is identical to Dr. Gatling’s original creation. What has changed, however, is the chambering (it’s in 7.62 […]

Aircraft MGs

M1915 Villar Perosa Video

August 5, 2016 Ian McCollum 39

The Villar Perosa is one of the first small machine guns developed and used by a military force. It was designed in Italy and introduced in 1915 as an aircraft weapon, to be used in […]

Accessories

MGK-1000 Gunnery Camera at James D Julia

September 25, 2015 Ian McCollum 5

With the advent of aircraft, marksmanship instruction gained a huge new element of complexity. Now there were gunners firing at rapidly moving aerial targets from the ground and worse, gunners in moving aircraft shooting at […]

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Aircraft MGs

Slow Motion: lMG 08/15 Maxim

December 11, 2014 Ian McCollum 15

Today we’re looking at a luftgekühlt maschinengewehr 08/15 in slow motion – a lightened and mair-cooled version of the Maxim used on German WWI aircraft. This particular example is set up as a Zeppelin gun, […]

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Aircraft MGs

Quad MG81 Anti-Aircraft Mount

August 6, 2014 Ian McCollum 24

by Tom Laemlein As World War II progressed, the Luftwaffe looked to increase firepower wherever possible, from deploying large-caliber air weapons or increasing the rate of fire with smaller, rifle-caliber weapons. Such is the case […]