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Grumpy Old Man
02-24-2015, 09:29 AM
Here's a site with some interesting helicopter mounted weapons that never made the cut.

First, a (literal) blast from the past, a 1200 bbl .22LR (for some reason everyone is calling it a shotty!) that was to be used to provide suppression fire for debarking troops during the Viet Nam war.https://medium.com/war-is-boring/the-u-s-army-tested-a-helicopter-shotgun-armed-with-1-200-barrels-ce1ca126537d

Never even heard of that one, its news to me. I can see why they didn't issue it though, made more sense to drop a daisy cutter and clear an LZ of not only enemy troops but any surprises they'd left. And of course with a daisy cutter you make your own LZ instead of looking for the "right" place to land.

Interesting idea though. In the War Between the States, there were things called 'volley guns' for doing things like guarding bridges, and this basically looks like an enormous volley gun firing .22's. Not sure, but I suspect its electrically fired to get that hellacious rate of fire without undo mechanical complication.

Next up, a failed competitor to the minigun: https://medium.com/war-is-boring/the-heligun-was-supposed-to-be-the-next-big-machine-gun-8d892d19f6ed

I always wondered why the Russkis seemed so fascinated with revolver cannon - apparently the Germans were there first. I should have known that, now I'll have to spend some quality time reading up on German aerial mounted weapons to fill in some gaps in my education.

There's also an interesting article on the GE Sixpack. Never realized it was a commercial flop, always wanted one myself, but have never had and will never have the money. Even if the Hughes Amendment was ruled unconstitutional tomorrow, allowing new manufacture the cost would be obscene.
https://medium.com/war-is-boring/the-miniguns-smaller-cousin-was-a-flop-ab8ec8396afa

Follow the links at the bottom of each page, there are other entertaining articles to be found there and some very nice pics of historical rarities.

Best,
Grumpy

Tri70
02-24-2015, 11:02 AM
The Heligun looked promising, it would have been valuable to the troops to be able to fire without power if the aircraft was downed.

Dog
02-24-2015, 11:08 AM
that's some kewl history, thanks :D