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@team.guy.jon | Not something you see everyday. Taken down Dillon Aero M134 Minigun. 3000 rounds per minute of FREEDOM! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Seeing most of the parts laid out like that, it does not look like much does it? The Dillion Aero Minigun always seemed like some complex machine to me but that is due to my complete lack of familiarity with it other than seeing videos and pictures. I have not seen a photo like this of one taken down before. Have any of you had the opportunity to shoot this amazing machine?


  • Old Tofu

    and you thought cleaning your handgun was a chore

    • Anthony “stalker6recon”

      Punching the barrel of our Mk19’s, and even the M2, was always preferred over doing a full clean on my M4 when I was in the Army. Actually, of all the weapons systems my platoon used during my time, the M4 was the most difficult to clean. Everything else moving up the ladder, was always bigger, flatter and much easier to get too, than the nooks and crannies of my M4. From the M240BRAVO, to the M242 Chain Gun in our Bradleys. Also, the were a lot more fun to shoot as well.

      Never fired, or even saw one of these beautiful man eating machines, but watching my 25mm rounds fly in a perfect arc onto their targets, can’t be any less rewarding than watching this thing in action. Plus, while doing qualifying on the range for the larger caliber weapons (M2, M240), we always had plenty of tracers and would target a single vehicle together, looked pretty much the same as one of these boys running full bore. It is like, Christmas, I don’t know a better way to explain it.

  • PK

    Where’s the empty Rip It cans? Can’t clean one without it…

    “The Dillion Aero Minigun always seemed like some complex machine”

    Take the delinker apart. There’s the real heart of the system, and the complexity. The rest is just dead simple, repeated six times. Reliable feeding and delinking… that’s the secret.

    • noob

      Would it be easier to make a linkless feed out of motorcycle chain drive and some custom spring steel grabbers so each link of the chain grabs a round?

      • PK

        No, not really. A proper linkless feed that runs at high RPM works on less fiddly principles, what you describe would inevitably fail/miss/break a spring/punch a hole, etc. A linkless feeder is a more like one of the rifle mag loaders that loads 30 rounds all at once.

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  • XT6Wagon

    Gatling guns are very simple. Thats why they were useful military weapons in the middle of the 1800’s. They were ready for use during the American Civil War, only reason they weren’t used is the army thought they used too much ammo.

    The complex bit in that gun is the de-linker and the place where malfunctions are most likely to occur.

  • Steve

    There was an old iPhone app called Gun Disassembly 3D that spawned a sequel, and eventually an abomination of a Steam ‘game’ with tons of microtransactions. The sequel on the phone was actually pretty good, accurate, and had a M134 teardown and reassembly. Worth checking out!

    • The World of Guns still has all of the models. If you treat it like a serious engineering game that costs a fair bit (though affordable compared to other serious sims like hardcore aviation ones), it has no drawbacks of “free-to-play” and all of the GD2 features, improved. They still release at least one model a month. Besides, the sequel (Gun Disassembly 2) was entirely built on microtransactions – you simply had to buy models, or go for a lifetime access. The new one theoretically allows you to get them for free. I was spared the grind though, I received a lifetime subscription for helping on the project.

      I’m really not sure how you could see anything on a phone screen, though.

  • Mr. Katt

    Don’t leave home without one . . . (if only!)

  • Brett baker

    The important question is, when will Dillon develop a “semi-auto” version we can buy? I can keep hitting a solenoid if it keeps me ahead of my buddies in cool factor.πŸ˜‰

    • Nicholas C

      I wouldn’t mind a hand crank version.

      • Kelly Jackson

        Mounted to the roll bar of a Jeep, or better yet, Defender.

      • Haulin’ Oats

        Colt has one for sale on their website. Saw it at a dealer and they were asking the price of a new car for it.

  • tony

    how does such a design handle hang fires?

    • Emfourty Gasmask

      the unfired rounds are ejected from the gun whether they are actually fired or not, the whole system is simple

      squibs are a mystery to me however

      • .45

        I imagine the result of a squib involves replacement parts…

        • noob

          If you are really, really lucky and the barrel is really, really strong maybe a bore obstruction could be cleared by pushing another round down it. Sort of like an unintentional duplex load.

  • Haulin’ Oats

    He needs to upgrade and add some match grade barrels and handful of suppressors.

    • PK
      • Longhaired Redneck

        I’m curious as to why anyone, including the US government, would go to the trouble, expense, and complexity of suppressing the mini gun – the “because I wanted to see if I could do it” syndrome notwithstanding. Part of the beauty of this system is the unmistakable sound it makes while raining thunder and destruction on the enemy. There must be a huge psychological benefit to making the enemy hear what is surely coming his way. I also fondly remember being lulled to sleep by that sound in the field at Grafenwoehr in 1973-74 as the Cobra gunships made their runs on the night range.

        • PK

          A few reasons, but it boils down to how the M134 is mechanical/electrical and not ammo dependent, can run subs 100% if desired, and a thousand bullets cutting through the night with no warning, no flash, no noise except the sound each makes as it hits home… might be effective all by itself.

          Besides, options are nice.

          Also, yes, fun as hell.

          • Longhaired Redneck

            Your arguments have merit, and to some extent I agree, but l see no advantage from firing a suppressed weapon from a helicopter or other moving (noisy) platform. On the other hand, a fixed or emplaced mounting with suppressed fire could be very effective and possibly amusing. In any case, loud or quiet, we’re talking about a s**tload’o’fun!

          • XT6Wagon

            land vehicle would be the only place outside of a test range that I could see value. Imagine the noise of it in narrow streets with tall buildings.

          • Longhaired Redneck

            When I was in Germany in the Army, 1972-75, there was an E6/SSG that kept bragging about this mini gun he and some buddies had mounted on an M151 (notta) jeep while in Vietnam. I thought he was full o’shit, and essentially told him so. Then one day he came to work and brought an 8×10 glossy of him and his buddies standing next to the (notta) jeep. They had cannibalized it from a destroyed Cobra. This was 1974, before Photoshop for all you kidlets out there! And that would be a “pre 1986” machine gun, NFA eligible…

          • Bradley

            There are a few transferrable minis in the registry.

        • Bradley

          Well there’s not losing your sense of hearing. Also obviously anyone in the immediate are is going to still know, but maybe you don’t want it heard three towns away? Could be lots of reasons.

  • Scott

    I was fortunate to send about 4500 rounds downrange one night in from a GAU-17A in a Pave Hawk rescue chopper. It had two speeds, 2000 and 4000 rounds per minute. It was a hoot to watch the round trajectory”bend” towards the target as we flew across the range at 120 kts. NVGs allowed us to see tracers ricochet off boulders from a mile or so away. It truly is a bullet hose! The orders regarding training fire were “don’t bring any ammo home”. Mission accomplished!

    • wetcorps

      Good job πŸ˜€

  • dfb

    Why America strip all the know how, tactics, gear and tech soo easy to the world and to our enemies? I dont understand.

    Note: I know that maybee the blueprint of the M134 are on the net, and its not dificult to spies get acces to American tech, but please………today we have go-atfu-ck-ers with frogsuits and plate carriers with camo SDVs and spotters with range finders triying to emulate to SEALs, few year ago they were trining jumping fire rings with dusty AKs.

    • Giolli Joker

      As other said, the hard part is the de-linker (and you can’t design it based on that photo), everything else is not so different from Gatling’s patent that is roughly 150 years old, and detailed blueprints have been online for quite a while.

      • Longhaired Redneck

        Those plans had been on the internet for at least 50 years before Al Gore invented the internet!

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    • DangerousClown

      Grammarly is free…

  • datimes

    That looks easy enough to build at home.

  • Bill G

    I could’ve taken one apart…but putting it back together, eh, maybe in a couple days…maybe. I mean, I took apart an NES and that thing had, almost literally, 50 screws.

  • Andrew Foss

    The feeder-delinker isn’t beyond the abilities of a clockmaker, but to all the home shop machinist with CNC types, milling the bolt guide track in the receiver wouldn’t be a walk in the park either. Maybe milling it in 120-degree segments with a TIG weld to join two of them at the end, but that requires some chops in more than one area. (welding, machining, setup, physics and a bit of engineering to know the right area to be the welded surface.) Not many people have the requisite skills, which is why Dillon Aero employs (“only”) about 35 people, some of whom are subject matter experts in one (or more) of those areas.

  • Anthony “stalker6recon”

    If I was jesus, that part at the very top, I guess it would be the barrel alignment thingy, would definitely be my cup of choice. That is my “Holy Grail”, so those funny limey’s need not look any further, it has finally been found.