POTD: The WLKM 12.7 Multi-Barrel Machine Gun (.50 BMG)

    Each day TFB publishes one or more photographs from our fascinating world of firearms. Along with this comes a brief explanation. Today it’s time for the WLKM 12.7 mm / .50 BMG Multi-Barrel Machine Gun made by the Polish Company Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów.

    The picture below looks like a whole lot of fun.


    For a multi-barrel .50 BMG, it looks pretty compact.


    Here’s the description:

    The WLKM-12.7 Multi-Barrel Machine Gun is an externally driven electric-powered Gatling-style gun fed with 12.7 mm x 99 NATO (.50 BMG) ammunition fixed in a M9 disintegrating ammunition belt.

    The application of four rotating barrels helped to achieve a huge rate of fire up to 3600 rpm. The weapon can be used as an armament for a helicopter turret – e.g. W-3PL Głuszec or as aerial gun pod equipment.

    The usage varies; other than that the weapon can be used for ground vehicles, floating units, boats, permanent or mobile firing posts. The WLKM 12.7 is designated against manpower, surface targets, and aerial objects of differential resistance parameters.

    Technical Data

    Technical data WLKM 12.7
    Ammunition 12.7 mm x 99 NATO
    Range 2 200 m
    Length 1 300 mm
    Barrel length 900 mm
    Weight 50 kg
    Rpm (rounds per minute) 3 600 rpm


    Homepage for the producer: www.zmt.tarnow.pl/

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