minigun chops down tree

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The mythbusters use a 7.62mm Dillon M134D minigun to chop down a tree in 45 seconds.

From Dillon Aero

The Dillon M134D Gatling Gun is the finest small caliber, defense suppression weapon available. It is a six barreled, electrically driven machine gun chambered in 7.62mm NATO and fires at a fixed rate of 3,000 shots per minute. Gatling Guns typically feed from a 3,000 or 4,400 round magazine. They are capable of long periods of continuous fire without threat or damage to the weapon making them an excellent choice for defensive suppression.

Dillon Guns are reliable. The M134D has system life in excess of one million rounds and an average time between stoppage of 30,000 rounds. In the unlikely event of a stoppage the weapon can be serviced and made operational again in under a minute. The multi barrel design means that each barrel only experiences a 500 round per minute rate of fire. This allows for repeated long bursts of fire and a barrel group life of 100,000 rounds.

Hat Tip: Gizmodo

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Sebsniper Sebsniper on Aug 12, 2008

    Eh it's a big and efficient gun !!

    But you need to spend mony to have ammunition, and is more than the price of the weapon !!!

    But it's a cool and dangerous gun.

  • Openminded Openminded on May 03, 2009

    Hey guys, why not comment how clever or stupid this was? ;)
    I think it was more off than few Iranians goofing footsie on G3. G3 guys were funny, but these were not.
    There are much cheaper and faster ways to cut down a tree...maybe less "cool" thou... That kind of "coolnesss" wan't save the day. Never did.