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Fallout 2Minigun
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CZ57 Avenger
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Fallout TacticsAvenger minigun
Vindicator minigun
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A minigun is a multi-barrel machine gun with a high rate of fire, employing Gatling-style rotating barrels. It was a standard military weapon before the Great War, with Rockwell's CZ series being the most popular choice in the United States.

It is widely used by many factions such as the super mutants, Brotherhood of Steel and the Enclave, due to its extraordinary firepower at close range.


CZ53 personal minigunEdit

Fo1 Minigun

A Rockwell CZ53 personal minigun is capable of firing 5mm ammunition at over 60,000 RPM[1] with an ammo capacity of 120x 5mm round. The CZ53 personal minigun makes up for the small 5mm round by sending a hail of bullets toward its target. Its sheer size, coupled with its trademark sound, is enough to send anyone in its path running for cover. It's a great weapon for suppressing fire, letting others flank the unsuspecting enemy.[2] When the Great War struck, it was already an aging design and was slowly being replaced by the more advanced CZ57 Avenger minigun.[3] Later models of the CZ53 have six barrels linked into pairs, with four barrels on top and two on the bottom, a cage underneath the weapon to hold an ammo box containing 240 5mm rounds, and used in combination with a backpack. The first model was the favorite weapon of the Mariposa super mutants during the Unity's time, and allowed most or all of the super mutants to wield them effectively with only one arm.

5mm CZ57 Avenger minigunEdit

Fo2 Avenger Minigun
Gameplay articles: Fallout 2, Fallout: New Vegas

Rockwell designed the 5mm CZ57[4] Avenger[5] as the replacement for their aging CZ53 personal minigun. The Avenger's design improvements include improved gel-fin cooling and chromium plated barrel-bores, giving it a greater range and lethality.[3] It also has an ammo capacity of 120x 5mm round like the earlier versions of the CZ53 model. Later models of CZ57 have a high-speed motor, a cage underneath to put the ammo box and used in combination with a backpack.

4.7mm Vindicator minigunEdit

Fo2 Vindicator Minigun
Gameplay article: Fallout 2

A Rheinmetall AG 4.7mm Vindicator minigun firing 4.7mm ammunition at over 90,000 caseless shells per minute down its six carbon-polymer barrels, and with an ammo capacity of 100x 4.7mm round.[6]

K9000 cyberdog gunEdit

Gameplay article: Old World Blues

This weapon is actually an odd form of cyberdog, except instead of a robotic body in the image of a canine companion, a living dog's brain has been provided with a machine gun frame, utilizing .357 Magnum ammunition. Its "canine" features include two metallic "ears" mounted on top of the weapon that move like a real dog's, and a sniffer mounted on the jar containing its preserved brain, allowing the gun to sense its surroundings. The metal ears also appear to move up and down faster if the gun is pointing in the direction of an enemy.


Gameplay article: Old World Blues

FIDO is another variation of the cyberdog gun. Unlike the K9000 cyberdog gun, FIDO uses .44 Magnum rounds instead of .357 Magnum rounds, resulting in higher damage and a slightly higher spread. The brain case and the scope are red instead of green and the decal is changed from a golden retriever to a bulldog. Other features of the K9000 cyberdog gun are included in FIDO.

Shoulder mounted machine gunEdit

Shoulder mounted machine gun
Gameplay article: Lonesome Road

The shoulder mounted machine gun is similar to the minigun, but with a slower rate of fire and the bulk of the weapon resting on the user's shoulder. This weapon utilizes 10mm rounds and has a moderately high strength and skill requirement.

5.56mm CZ57 Avenger minigunEdit

Mini-FOT LogoThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics
Tactics avenger minigun

A variant model of the regular CZ57 Avenger minigun seen in the Midwest which is more compact, completely black, less powerful and chambered for 5.56mm bullets with an ammo capacity of 120x 5.56mm round.

7.62mm Vindicator minigunEdit

Mini-FOT LogoThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics
Tactics vindicator minigun

A variant model of the regular Vindicator minigun seen in the Midwest with a completely new design, a display screen that show the remaining ammunition and chambered in 7.62mm bullets with an ammo capacity of 100x 7.62mm round.

MEC Gauss minigunEdit

Mini-FOT LogoThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
Tactics mec gauss minigun
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

An extremely rare minigun, the MEC Gauss minigun was designed by the Chinese. Atypical for an automatic weapon, it uses Gauss technology, multiple electromagnetic fields to firing 2mm ammunition at over 90,000 rounds per minute to relativistic velocities, with an ammo capacity of 80x 2mm round.[7]

Vault-Tec minigunEdit

FOBoSLogoThe following is based on Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

A post-War minigun designed by Vault-Tec in the Secret Vault. The Vault-Tec minigun has a lower rate of fire than a general minigun but, unusually for a minigun, chambered in common handgun ammo. It has five barrels and it was used by the Attis army in Texas.

CZ25 military minigunEdit

Gametitle-VBThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
Gameplay article: Van Buren

A Rockwell CZ25 military minigun firing .223 ammunition with an ammo capacity of 54x .223 round. A multi-barreled weapon capable of firing large quantities of ammo with minimal heat issues.[8]


  1. In-game description for the minigun in Fallout and Fallout 2. [1][2]
  2. Research Note - Minigun, Fort Independence terminal entries. [1]
  3. 3.0 3.1 In-game description for the Avenger minigun from Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics. [1][2]
  4. The "CZ57" designation was first mentioned in Fallout: New Vegas.
  5. J.E. Sawyer on formspring when asked about the visual differences between the Fallout 2 Avenger and the Fallout: New Vegas CZ57 Avenger. [1]
  6. In-game description for the Vindicator minigun from Fallout 2. [1]
  7. In-game description for the MEC Gauss minigun from Fallout Tactics. [1]
  8. In-game description for the CZ25 military minigun from the Van Buren tech demo.