EMPTY SHELL Engineers the “World’s First Hand Held Electric Gatling Gun in 5.56mm”

XM556 Microgun

Empty Shell LLC "XM556 Microgun"

You may have seen on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter a minigun floating around. It is not something photoshopped out of a dream, we can assure you that it is real! Empty Shell, LLC, based out of Texas, manufactures this firearm. It is called the XM556 Microgun chambered for 5.56mm NATO, and it is extremely reminiscent of the M134 which shoots 7.62mm NATO. Nicholas C from TFB first posted about the XM556 Microgun on May 24th this year with one of Empty Shell’s Instagram photos.

This gun is unique because it is not a copy of the M134, a smaller version, or a Frankenstein of the original model. Rather, it is being developed as an entirely new platform. The Empty Shell Instagram account shows a lot of bits and pieces as this firearm is being engineered for sale soon. Sadly, it will not being available for civilians. The only lucky ones will be “Government entities, Law Enforcement, DOD, or companies with the correct clearances” according to Empty Shell’s FAQ section of their website.

Empty Shell LLC started posting videos of the minigun in action to YouTube on July 1st.

The XM556 Microgun appears to function flawlessly. The M134, on the other hand, has a lot of quirks and areas that can be improved upon, and Empty Shell is trying to make the XM556 Microgun have none of those problems.

The XM556 Microgun was designed and engineered around the 5.56mm NATO cartridge. This defensive suppression weapon is significantly smaller and lighter than it’s big brother the M134. It was meant to stand in place of anywhere high suppressive fire wanted without the weight or footprint of the larger M134 electrically driven Gatling gun system. The current XM556 Microgun is smaller and lighter than some current 5.56mm beltfed Squad Automatic Weapons currently on the market, with 4x’s the firepower.

The XM556 is a new platform system that was designed from scratch by the ground up. The parts are not just a smaller imitation of the larger M134, but were designed on its own. An absolutely all new style of bolt was conceived and designed to eliminate current known issues with the M134. The bolts combined with many other improvements have been made to not only extend the life of the gun but reduce wear and reduce or eliminate stoppages.

The gun is sold as a complete weapon system. Some mounts and accessories designed for the M134 will work with the XM556 Microgun to make adoption easier.

So as you can see, this is not just a “Hail Mary” effort, but something that should be sustainable for the long-term. Empty Shell is also developing this weapon to be feasible to carry and move with. The weight of the complete weapon system is approximately 16 Lbs and is shorter in length than a traditional M4 rifle.

To get a bunch of eye candy of this firearm, check out the Empty Shell Instagram.

For footage of the weapon system in action, check out the Empty Shell YouTube.

For the complete specification rundown, hop on the Empty Shell website.



Hello everyone! The outdoors, Crossfit, and anything firearm related have always been my passions. I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets, am a Smith & Wesson Armorer, reloader, and have an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers. Be sure to visit TFB frequently and keep your magazines full, my friends!


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  • Major Tom

    Awesome idea….in theory, but in reality it would be ridiculously impractical.

    • PK

      I can think of a few realistic uses for this, and they all center around mass unrest, human waves, riots, etc. It would certainly break up a crowd in a hurry.

      As for a military use? No, nothing springs to mind. This seems more like the sort of tool used to intimidate/threaten civilians from a position of power.

      Still, I find it mechanically interesting.

      • Thomas Weißhuhn

        Mass unrest? So you just mow them down? What do you tell the press afterwards?

        • PK

          I assume in such a scenario, the press really wouldn’t be an issue. It was a long way of saying there’s no practical use short of a complete breakdown of society.

          Mechanically interesting, entirely impractical for anything but a toy at the range.

          • Gecko9mm

            I assume you were using code language for zombie hoards.

        • Armchair Command’oh

          “They made furtive movements.”

        • Ryfyle

          At that point you own the press anyway. Why bother with a cover story for something that “Never Happened”?

          • John Willis

            tell the press ” what difference does it make ” worked for shitbag hillary

        • iksnilol

          “accidental discharge”.

          An electric motor could malfunction and not stop until the 1500 round drum is empty?

      • Joe

        Nuclear security, perimeter defense,
        ATV mounted are just 3 military uses I can come up with.

        • Mazryonh

          A vehicle-mounted CIWS sounds like this weapon’s niche. The use of 5.56mm rounds would allow for quite a lot of shots in a small amount of time, and the compact size would allow for easier mounting and ammunition storage.

          • Secundius

            A Land Vehicle Mounted Mk.15 Phalanx CIWS is called a “C-RAM Centurion”…

          • Mazryonh

            But C-RAM systems. use higher-caliber rounds. This version is much more compact and could theoretically be attached to more kinds of vehicles as long as it was loaded with the right ammunition.

          • Secundius

            ONLY if your referring to the “Nachstbereichschutzsystem” MANTIS, which is a 6-barrel 35x228mmR Oerlikon/Rheinmetall Rotary Cannon…

  • PK

    Handheld, except for any real amount of ammunition, the battery (or outlet), etc. Just like any other microgun, the XM214 springs to mind as an example of a similar, if less mature, system.

    Still, I’d love to get a decent look at the changes between this and the M134. It would certainly prove educational.

    • Anon

      Yeah they aren’t exactly the first, and the mirror gun was pretty small too. Still cool though.

      • PK

        Absolutely! It’s hard to see something like this and find it boring, that’s for sure.

    • gunsandrockets

      From wikipedia…

      An 88 by 10 inch (224 x 25 cm) 5.56mm Microgun Pod was also developed for external use on light aircraft and helicopters. The unit had an ammunition capacity of from 1,500 to 3,500 rounds and loaded weight of 186 to 300 pounds. The feed system was linkless, via a helical drum, with a nominal rate of fire of 6,000 rpm. However, adjustments to 1,000 or 10,000 rpm were possible, if desired. Power could be provided by a built-in battery pack, or from the aircraft itself.

    • nova3930

      I will say bettery power is getting more and more feasible for something like this. High efficiency brushless motors coupled with lithium batteries give you a lot of oomph and run time for very little size and weight.
      That said, I think this would probably still be better employed by mounted troops than dismounted….

      • Even if they do still make saddle horn pintle mounts, I think the need to have a pack mule trot alongside as an ammo carrier would probably limit its cavalry use.

  • Prax

    To paraphrase the great Ivan Chesnokov:
    “GUN OF EMPTY SHELL IS TEXAN REDNECK SCHEME FOR FRAUD OF ARMY PROCUREMENT DEPOT. MANY BULLET PACKED INTO FEED CHUTE LIKE CONSCRIPT IN LANDING BOAT. IS BASICALLY SAME AS IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTROL SLAMFIRE.”
    In all seriousness, this is a cool demonstration of engineering proficiency by the company, but is just about the silliest imaginable infantry weapon one could devise.

    • RaunchyDawg

      Mounted to an exoskeleton this makes the most terrifying infantryman in the world

      • PK

        If we’re thinking of weaponizing and up-armoring the HULC and similar exosuits, we might as well dream bigger and think of rounds that can defeat similar suits, assuming hard armor is added.

        Why not a GECAL 50 running Mk211, instead? Battery, ammunition, and system weight really aren’t an issue at that point, just bulk. Or a M2HB with a stock and better sights…

        • Anonymoose

          Recoil becomes an issue. They were all set to GAU-19s as door/ramp guns on the Ospreys until they started tearing themselves off the mounts.

          • Mazryonh

            Sounds like muzzle brakes might have helped there, like they use for .50 BMG sniper rifles. Unless the redirected gas from such compensators couldn’t be safely vented on a multiple barrel platform.

        • iksnilol

          M2 is a bit bad IMO, for HULC troppers an NSV would be a better choice. Lighter and more accurate/consistent. + is made to be used like a normal gun in contrast to the M2 which was made to be mounted.

  • Nicks87

    Even if you could own one, who wants to sit there and link all that 5.56 together?

    • JD

      if you could afford to feed it, you could afford to buy pre-linked ammo

    • HH

      I pay my neighbors kids to link belts for my 1919.
      So it can be done!

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      You just buy a linker. I use one for my M1919.

      • HSR47

        Linking machines for non-disintegrating belts (cloth or metal) are entirely practical.

        The systems for linking disintegrating belts look cumbersome at best.

        • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

          Uh, they’re the same thing.

          I only use disintegrating belts for my 1919. The linker is literally the exact same linker for cloth/metal belts.

          • HSR47

            The plate and lever based tool to load links may also be able to load non-disintegrating belts, but that’s not the kind of belt loader I’m talking about.

            Look up the PKM belt loader and the Browning MG belt loader to see what I’m talking about.

  • Giolli Joker

    It’s too cool to be described by words.
    It definitely needs a chainsaw bayonet, though.

  • Sermon 7.62

    This is the future. The robot’s gun.

  • vwVwwVwv

    love it, can you mount a granadelauncher to it?
    here in europe we will soon need to carry it.

  • TVOrZ6dw

    Literally blew the target away…
    Where does the scope and BUIS go?

  • Trey

    Assault Cannon for Imperial guard ? (40k reference)

    • PK

      It’s 2016 and I still don’t have a bolter. I’m disappointed in technology.

      • Xanderbach

        Bolters are theoretically .75 caliber, so 19mm… pretty close to the 18.5mm of a 12ga cartridge. Theoretically, a saiga 12 running those RAS-12 shells would be nearly dead-on. Just throw an explosive tip and a RAP-style rocket motor, and that’s a bolter. Buildable by a competent smith. Or really any Adeptus Mechanicus. Minus the explosive tips, unless you feel like paying an NFA tax for “destructive device” on each one. 12ga gyrojet rounds propelled out by small powder charge… Now I want one too!

        • PK

          And here I am with a S12 parts kit, rifled 12ga blank, and a spare $200 perfect for a DD stamp… hm. I may have to build a bolter.

          • Markius Fox

            If you do, please Please PLEASE chronicle each step.

          • Brett

            DO IT!

          • iksnilol

            DO IT!

            BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD, SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE, BOLTERS FOR PEOPLE!

          • Mazryonh

            Come back to us when you are able to build a Heavy Bolter analogue too. Those supposedly use projectiles 1 full caliber in diameter, so you’d have your hands full.

      • Anon

        Well the gyro jet was a thing, all were missing is the initial charge.

      • Trey

        Could not afford the ammo!

        but a las gun for my collection… just leave in the sun and it is good to go in a few hours. or toss mag in to a fire and recharge in 20 min 😉

    • John John Slade

      For the emperor!

    • Mazryonh

      Read up on your Munitorum manuals, loyal Citizen of the Imperium! The caliber of this weapon marks it as a Rotor Cannon! Assault Cannons are Astartes-issue only!

      • Trey

        Are you sure Citizen.. the Imperial ARMY may have had different terms before the Emperor ascended to the Golden Throne.

        • Mazryonh

          Actually, if you do some digging, there have newer official rules released by a company named Forge World governing the Imperial Army before the Emperor’s Ascension. It doesn’t look like the Imperial Army got to lug around Assault Cannons, just Rotor Cannons.

          • Secundius

            The Largest Rotary Gatling Cannon EVER Used was the 5-barrel 2.086-inch (53mm) Hotchkiss Anti-Torpedo Boat Guns of the 1880’s…

          • Mazryonh

            That doesn’t sound man-portable, unlike this version.

          • Secundius

            XM214 5.56x45mmR/NATO Minitat at ~21-pounds, first introduced in 1966. A .22LR Microgun, but Name Eludes Me at This Time. Or the SPIW (Special Purpose Individual Weapon) Bullpup Flechette Rifle at 3.5-pounds, rated at 2,300rpm introduced in 1951 (Project SALVO)…

          • Mazryonh

            I was talking about the Hotchkiss rotary cannon that you mentioned, which was ship-mounted.

          • Secundius

            As I recall, You Mentioned Something About “IT” NOT Being Man Portable, As Oppose to BEING Portable. Or Something to that Effect?

          • Mazryonh

            When I replied to your first reply in this thread I was referring to the Hotchkiss Rotary Cannon not being man-portable. The gatling gun examined by this blog entry is clearly man-portable already.

          • Secundius

            The AK630M, is a Ship Mounted System, hardly what I would call Man-Portable, or the GAU-8 Avenger either and Some of the Systems mentioned. Aren’t Even REAL, Outside the Virtual Reality…

          • Trey

            Thanks.. 40k took enough money… 30k won’t

  • Armchair Command’oh

    Why do you say that? Given the cartridge, I could see why this may not be very effective from the air, and given the ammo consumption, I could see why this may not be very effective dismounted. What about other roles, like attached to a vehicle or defending a location?

    • Armchair Command’oh

      This was supposed to be a reply to Major Tom, but I suck at life.

    • Bierstadt54

      The (one of the many) problem is that when you have a mounted weapon there is a preference for the range and power of 7.62. And miniguns eat ammo like crazy, and the is always a limit to what you have. So you would need a specific application for this over a regular 7.62 machine gun or the full-size M134, and I don’t know what that would be.

      • Anomanom

        On the other hand, it can put a whole lot of rounds down range. But moreover, it’s light. At 16lbs, it’s lighter than even a m249, much less a m134. Compared to a m134, that’s 30 pounds of extra ammo for the same overall weight.

  • Bierstadt54

    Too cool. Machine guns don’t get enough love. I see a future for this as a movie prop. I can’t really imagine much of a real-world use for it, but maybe it would be useful as a weapon for an unmanned boat or vehicle. It’s pretty small.

    • PK

      The real world use is to produce an extremely wide grin, both for the user and spectators.

      • livingonenergydrinks

        Don’t forget high profits for the lucky guy that sells him the ammo.

  • Iggy

    I have a purely mental (and probably fairly fantastical, though I’ve found sources for most of the components) design for a .22lr mini-gun powered by an electric drill and fed from an ammo backpack. I imagine that would be enough to do the job if all you want is suppression. After all if you’re firing at an enemy with a light weight mini-gun, you really want to be doing so at a range where they can see you have a light weight mini-gun or half the fun and intimidation is gone.

    • PK

      I’ve been tinkering with a system to use 9x19mm linked ammo in a hand cranked (thanks to 922(o)) Gatling-style gun, first on paper and then in CAD.

      9x19mm seems like a good compromise between range and power as far as the .22lr to 5.56x45mm spectrum goes, and centerfire is a touch safer to handle than rimfire when dealing with lots of different forces, provides the ability to have subsonic ammunition and a 6-chamber silencer, and so on. Plus it’s cheap enough in case quantities.

      In addition, unlike the .22lr links, the 9x19mm compatible links are still in production.

      • iksnilol

        But 9×19 weighs just as much as 5.56.

        i’d rather go for 5.7

      • Ben Pottinger

        The fire on pull, fire on release triggers got me thinking about this the other day. It has to be hand cranked but the law doesn’t seem to prohibit “assistance”. What if you used a reduction gear set so that a single crank ripped off hundreds of rounds and used an electric motor to remove the extra resistance a reduction gear would add? The motor doesn’t turn anything, it just essentially adds arm strength. Even if that was a no go you could still use a smaller reduction gear and a binary trigger to get a pretty high rof. (Heck the binary triggers already seem to have a pretty high rof)

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      .22lr hopper-fed 🙂

      You just dump your ammo into the top, one brick at a time.

  • Brick

    Yeah, but does it make you a sexual Tyrannosaurus?

    • Mazryonh

      Maybe it would, if you turned on a red-coloured lamp and chewed some tobacco first before using the gun.

  • RaunchyDawg

    This will be huge in conjunction with exoskeletons very soon

    • PK

      5.56x45mm arms carried by HULC-equipped (or similar) soldiers… why would anyone carry a small arm ineffective against the armor you could reasonably expect to face?

      Higher velocity, higher energy, preferably AP or HEAP rounds would be the ticket to get at the nougaty center in situations such as those.

      • john huscio

        With the rate of fire this thing has, I think it would be plenty effective, bodyarmor or no.

      • iksnilol

        I think 20-50 rounds a second of AP 5.56 might punch through.

    • Anon. E Maus

      I think an M240B with fluted bull-barrel would be a much more practical application in that role.

      This would be better fit for a vehicle mount or stationary mount in my opinion.

  • QuadGMoto

    I am really torn on this.

    On the one hand I want to swear loudly about the wholly unconstitutional restriction against civilians owning new fully automatic weapons. This is too cool to not want one.

    On the other hand, it seems entirely impractical to me. Someone carrying one could only fight for something like 30 seconds (15?, 10?) max before running out of ammo. That’s not much suppression. If the goal is to saturate an area, you need to be moving pretty fast to do so, or saturating an area pretty far away, since no human would be able to move fast enough to cover much of an angle at that firing rate.

    Maybe it would be useful mounted on something like an ATV or boat where significant ammo capacity was available. It might even be perfect for protecting ships from pirates.

    It just seems to be very, very niche to me. Or maybe that’s just sour grapes. 😜

    I like Iggy’s idea of a .22LR version for suppression. That might actually be practical for a foot soldier.

    • RaunchyDawg

      Or mounted on an exoskeleton capable of carrying all 20k rounds of your ammo while letting you maneuver like a regular joe with a rifle.

      • DIR911911 .

        then you might as well use the 7.62 so you’ll actually stop vehicles

    • Sianmink

      Thinking too small. This is going to be impractical as a handheld system, but for light vehicles and as a super-portable support system, it’s got potential.

      Also since its electrically driven, the fire rate can be tuned for application.

      • QuadGMoto

        Well, given that the title for the article says “hand held”, that did tend to drive my analysis a bit.

        • Anon. E Maus

          I’m pretty sure that’s just for styling and to catch people’s interest, I figure they have to understand that a weapon like this is best used for vehicle mounts.

    • gunsandrockets

      .17 HMR version!

  • Sianmink

    Two of these and you could make a pretty kickin’ automatic sentry gun.

    • PK

      For 0.25 seconds, anyway.

      • MrEllis

        You hit it with a wrench to give it more ammo, let’s not get too involved in the realities of the thing.

      • Anon. E Maus

        There’s no reason you can’t tune the motor down to run at a more sustainable rate.

    • DIR911911 .

      yeah , because one just doesn’t shoot fast enough?

  • Armchair Command’oh

    Let’s see…no pistol grip, no folding or telescoping stock, no flash hider, no grenade launcher, and no bayonet mount. Perfect! This gun is safe and liberal approved

    • PK

      An excellent bit of reasoning as to why feature bans are silly.

      …now, where do we pre-order? It’s not a scary gun, right? I want one.

    • dickG

      Indeed!
      .
      But already 50 new 40-page gun control bills have been introduced in the Kalifornica legislature to ban these “weapons of war” for use by honest, peace-loving citizens of the formerly Golden State..
      .
      Sigh. . . . .
      .
      No Joy!

      • OBlamo Binlyen

        If they made this in a .22 LR…..it’d be Kommieforniastan approved.

        • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

          In a centerfire cartridge, manually operated, it would still be California legal.

  • Sasquatch

    I think it would be more effective if it could be held in a more traditional style and can in corporate a bipod or tripod for prone shooting. Also have a collapsible stock and the carry handle for shooting while standing.

  • Kitsuneki

    Perfect for zombie scenario of apocalypse

    • gunsandrockets

      When only headshots count? Better to give your zombie hunters accurate single shot rifles.

      • PGConley

        Kinda hard for them to move with no legs… Cut them in half with this, especially for hordes, then take the time to clean up with headshots.

        • gunsandrockets

          Do you appreciate the kind of ammunition expenditure you would need to cut them in half?

          • Ryfyle

            You can afford the Micro in the first place. your also going to be the prime reason no one can find 5.56 anymore prior to the catastrophe.

          • Anon. E Maus

            Don’t need to cut them in half, a shot or two of 5.56mm can easily render a limb inoperable. A destroyed pelvis or femur, can’t walk anymore, destroyed arms or hands, can’t grab anymore, destroyed spine, can’t send signals to the body anymore.

            You can easily seriously cripple or paralyze a zombie with just a 10rd magazine of 5.56mm, without hitting the head.

      • iksnilol

        I’d say belt fed .22s would be nice.

        Set up on a tripod with scope and silencer at about 100-150 meters. And pop them down one by one .

        Or just a bunch of bolt action .22 and a crapton of mags.

        • gunsandrockets

          If headshots are the thing, then I think any good standard varmint rifle is the king of zombie killers. Between weight of ammo, accumulated heat build-up and barrel fouling, perhaps something lighter like .22 Hornet or .22 WMR might be ideal. 5.7x28mm? Ah, plain old HBAR AR in .223 and you’re good to go.

          Why not one of the semi-auto 1919 Brownings? Fire from a closed bolt, heavy barrel, why it’s like a jumbo caliber varmint rifle! Set up tripod so barrel is at roughy head height, and you could get grazing fire or maybe even multiple head pops if the zombies line up right. Great for hallway defense!

      • Tassiebush

        I have read an alternative school of thought that the optimal target area and cartridge combo for zombies is pelvis and collarbone shots with a round capable of smashing those areas. Basically the logic being stopping rushing zombies would be the most urgent requirement.

        • gunsandrockets

          On the defense, a simple trip wire would do the same job.

        • iksnilol

          Depends what kind of zombies we have. If it is runners then leg and pelvis shots would be gosh darned to heck effective.

          • Tassiebush

            Haha the type certainly matters. That type of Nazi zombie I saw in a Norwegian documentary seems way too smart for a lot of methods.

      • Anon. E Maus

        You don’t need to aim for the head when a rip of a few hundred rounds of 5.56x45mm tears their limbs and spines to shreds.

        They’re not dead, but they’re also not going anywhere, giving you ample opportunity to safely finish them off later, at your own pace, after they’re done with.

  • Herp

    There are a lot of people here saying there’s no practical application for this, but I wonder how we can know that yet. There’s never been a non-asymmetrical postmodern war.

    I imagine these running unmanned on top of everything with wheels and used like the navy uses their antiaircraft weapons, only targeting spy drones and smart munitions or something.

    Provided that we aren’t done with war, we must have another ww1 coming. We’re at a place now where fully integrated mass-information systems haven’t been used on the battlefield. Sure, we’ve got some slick stuff that’s proving itself, but imagine how useful this system MIGHT be when everything is talking to everything else with little human influence.

    I vote we deploy a little of everything and see how it all pans out.

    • gunsandrockets

      Hows this for an application? Armament for a small ground RPV.

  • CupAJoe

    you don’t need to be a better shot, you just need to shoot more bullets!

  • HH

    We really need to see sustained fire vids and repeated bursts…to get an idea of reliability. I’m guessing its solid Beta stage right now and isnt reliable bc you KNOW they’d put their very action video of it out to the public…and all we get is literally 100 rounds or less…a few sec of firing.

    I’d love to see a 500 rnd belt cycle thru.

  • Anonymous

    The XM microgun was tried a few years ago and abandoned. For the limitations of the rotary gun such as ammo supply and power requirements, the M134 gives far better performance than the microgun did, and even in dismounted roles the microgun has far too many limits that a regular belt fed gun doesn’t.
    It’s cool, but it was a development in need of a niche the first time, making it again just makes a solution that is desperately seeking a problem.

    • gunsandrockets

      The M134 got a lot of work in Vietnam from airborne platforms and the consensus seemed to be that the limited range of 7.62mm made aircraft too vulnerable to AAA fire.

  • Jaedo Drax

    Why not steal a bit of the gas to run a turbine to lower the battery pack to a reasonable size? (yes, I know it would add complexity)

  • Dracon1201

    Exoskeletons? Check.
    Microguns? Check

    Watch out. 2077 comes sooner than you think.

    • iksnilol

      Nice for me considering the minigun was my favorite in Fallout.

      Waaaait… if 2077 is sooner than I think, then I won’t live to be in 22xx unless I become a ghoul. But if I become a ghoul then I won’t have my amazing hair… Crap.

      • DW

        Not all ghouls are hairless. Eddy and Cait’s ex manager for example.
        Or become a robobrain instead.

      • Dracon1201

        I hope if I’m a ghoul I’m at least an irradiated one. I like the glow.

        • iksnilol

          Makes finding stuff in the dark waay easier I hear.

          • Dracon1201

            Like squishy adventurers, lol

  • gunsandrockets

    Good grief! A 10 inch barreled version? How would you like to rip off a 100 round burst with that kind of muzzle blast?

    • Mazryonh

      You could just add a Linear Compensator to each barrel’s muzzle in order to throw most of the blast and flash from firing forwards. There are 10-inch SBRs that use LCs now.

      • gunsandrockets

        Good idea for the 16 inch barreled version, but I doubt even that would make the 10 inch version tolerable.

        • Secundius

          Strike Industries “Cookie Cutter”…

        • Mazryonh

          A company named Noveske has been offering AR-15 SBRs with company-made Linear Compensators for their N4 series of rifles, and those come with a 7.5-inch and 10.5-inch barrel lengths. So it has at least been done before. I don’t know if the end users of those rifles find it much better with the LCs though.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Now if they pulled the motor and installed a hand-crank, it would be legal even in a state like CA as a manually-operated gatling gun.

    Why wouldn’t you do that in order to generate consumer sales?

    They could machine the manual receiver differently, so that it can’t accept the motor and the motor/motor housing would become the controlled “machinegun part”.

    The market is large enough that there has to be people out there that would pay several thousand for a gun like this. Hell, the M249S is selling. This could too.

  • Ryfyle

    Huh. it’s also remarkably tiny. You would think such a weapon would be larger. The truth is much stranger than fiction.

  • Cal.Bar

    OK – call me a stickler, but….. the title says “hand held” so….. shouldn’t he actually shoot it “hand held” (not resting on the bench)?

  • livingonenergydrinks

    It needs to be in 22lr. I can’t afford to feed the 5.56 version. If they got rid of the motor and put a hand crank on it could this be bought without any special FFL ?

  • livingonenergydrinks

    Looks like holding the nose of an A-10. Must be terrifying at the receiving end.

    • Mazryonh

      There have been studies claiming that 5.56mm NATO isn’t very “suppressing” on the receiving end, especially if you’re firing back from outside of the 5.56mm NATO’s effective range with a PKM or other 7.62x54mmR weapon, as has often been the case in the War on Terror. So this is likely going to be a relatively short-ranged weapon, just one with a lot more rounds-per-minute.

  • mrdakka

    This is the first step to finally getting more dakka for the common infantryman

  • Goobs

    Can’t wait for the local PD to get one!

    • Nashvone

      I had to scratch my head about that use as well.

  • Matt Shermer

    I love and support Law Enforcement Officers, but I hope to God and John Moses Browning that this doesn’t show up at my local sheriff’s office.

    • OBlamo Binlyen

      No worries, they couldn’t afford to feed the thing.

  • guy

    Where is the T45b power armor? they have to be designing it alongside this project right?

    • iksnilol

      Honestly, it wouldn’t make sense otherwise.

    • Paul White

      small plutonium battery should produce enough juice to run it forever right?

  • Uniform223

    Come and get it mutha-f**kers… Old Painless is waiting

  • RICH

    OMG….. I WANT ONE ! ! ! AND IT’S NOT AN ‘ASSAULT RIFLE’ ! ! ! WOW….!

  • John John Slade

    Not bad….. i like it. Hope they gonna put this on military.

  • MrEllis

    Good trigger discipline!

  • iksnilol

    7 kg? But don’t the batteries and ammo for it weigh a ton? How fast does it fire?

    • Anon. E Maus

      Will 5.7x28mm even link in any standard NATO belt?

    • Mazryonh

      I’m not sure there’s enough 5.7x28mm production right now to feed the appetite of a weapon like this. But at least there’s plenty of 5.56mm NATO production to feed quite a few of these weapons.

  • LazyReader

    Every Call of Duty nerd’s wet dream right here

  • Paul White

    No practical use, don’t care. I want.

    I ain’t got time to bleed!

  • John

    “Law Enforcement”

    Can someone please explain to me why the F**K law enforcement would need ANYTHING like this???!?!?!

    How quickly our citizens will become subjects when the lose all practical ability to defend themselves.

    Study your history folks, it’s happened before and, if you let it, it will happen again.

    • Because the law says they can due to the Hughe Amendment which until then allowed law abiding citizens to buy new machine guns.

  • disqus_PDmXLtTxJj

    The only guys I see needing this are Tier 1 operators in nasty hot zones. Hopefully they won’t be selling these to ATF or some other gung-ho wanna be high speed keystone cops.

  • Warren Ellis

    Wasn’t a 5.56mm rotary cannon already created prior to this? A handheld one I mean. I’m not talking about the prop used in Predator.

    • Anon. E Maus

      The gun in predator was a genuine M134 Minigun in 7.62x51m NATO, it was fitted with a chainsaw style rear grip, and the handguard of an M60 machinegun under the barrel assembly, it was slowed down to a ROF of 1250 so that the barrels spinning could be seen on screen, and to preserve blanks. This very same gun was later used in Terminator 2, fitted with a chainsaw forward grip.

      The XM214 Microgun has not been used in any film to my knowledge, and it’s actually quite a lot smaller than the M134, noticeably so.

  • hughtalkintome

    This seems perfect for an american Tiananmen Square. Civilians beware!

  • bruce Cambell

    Pssh.. Exo skeletons, super soldiers? you guys are still thinking small time, the future will be robots!!

    • Mazryonh

      And they’ll all go “Put down your weapon, you have 20 seconds to comply!” and experience “just a glitch” all the time.

  • Secundius

    To the Moderator.
    Are you sure? What about the XM214 5.56 Minitat of 1966…

  • Anon. E Maus

    If they brought down the rate of fire to below 1000rpm, and fitted it with spade-grips for a stationary or vehicle mount, I think this could be a reasonable weapon for a few purposes, it could sustain fire without having to stop for periods or ‘talk’ with other machineguns

    I’d make the barrels longer though, at least up to 20″, to better make use of the 5.56mm cartridge, and fit it with a flash-hider.

    It’d also be radical to see this in .300BLK, or even crazier, .458SOCOM

  • OBlamo Binlyen

    Ok, a few hundred of these on the border might be a bit of a deterrent.

  • Gunner4guy

    This could solve the problem about capital punishment. A short burst from this and, ‘voila!!!!”, problem fixed. No worries about whether the drip will malf or the drugs will be no longer made by the overseas drug companies who are raking in billions from the sales of their drugs across the ponds….. Don’t even have to use lead. Ferrous metals or other material (composites???) could/would work …. I mean, we’re not talking long range here.

  • Ranger Rick

    Kinda like the electric hedge trimmer of gatling guns.

  • Silence Dogood

    Oh lovely, another insane weapon the government can use against patriots and dissidents…….

  • AssKicker74

    TF2 heavy anyone?

    • Mazryonh

      Only if it weighs 150 kg and fires $200 custom-tooled cartridges at 10,000 rounds per minute.

      But given the history of cost and weight overruns in defense spending, I wouldn’t be surprised if that kind of excessive weight and cost was actually added on to a few weapon projects before.

  • Mystick

    Why not? They are being handed M4’s, AA-12’s, M79’s and all manner of exotic toys outside the realm of traditional law enforcement tools. They now have the green light for armed UAV’s. Our local Sheriff’s Department has an M113 with fully-functional M2 on top(which I have personally seen semi-annually field-tested at a local quarry). Rumor has it(and some maintained hardware suggests it) there’s a mounted recoiless(probably an M40) for it in an armory, too. Not exactly made for traffic stops.

    • Secundius

      Depends on which State you Live in? Recoilless Rifles in Mountainous and “Ski” Tourism States, are used for “Avalanche” Control…