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This is an overview article which contains background information and cross-game comparisons. For game-specific information and stats, see the articles linked on the right.
Gameplay articles
FalloutMinigun
Fallout 2Minigun
Avenger minigun
Vindicator minigun
Fallout 3Minigun
Eugene
Fallout: New VegasMinigun
CZ57 Avenger
Fallout TacticsAvenger minigun
Vindicator minigun
MEC Gauss minigun
Van BurenCZ25 military minigun

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 of America.

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

Models

CZ53 personal minigun

Fo1 Minigun
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A Rockwell CZ53 personal minigun. A multi-barreled chaingun firing 5mm ammunition at over 60,000 RPM[1]. The 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] .

CZ57 Avenger minigun

Fo2 Avenger Minigun
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Rockwell designed the 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. This gives it a greater range and lethality.[3]

Vindicator minigun

Fo2 Vindicator Minigun
Gameplay articles: Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics

The German Rheinmetall AG company created the ultimate minigun. The Vindicator throws over 90,000 caseless shells per minute down its six carbon-polymer barrels. As the pinnacle of Teutonic engineering skill, it is the ultimate hand-held weapon.[6]

MEC Gauss minigun

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Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

The MEC Gauss is of Chinese design. It uses multiple electromagnetic fields to propel over 90,000 rounds per minute to relativistic velocities.[7]

Unnamed 9mm minigun

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Awful accuracy-but that's not the point. The Minigun unleashes a lethal stream of continuous bullets that can saw an incoming horde of enemies in half.[8]

CZ25 military minigun

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CZ25MilitaryMinigun
Gameplay article: Van Buren

A Rockwell CZ25 Military Minigun. A multi-barreled weapon capable of firing large quantities of ammo with minimal heal issues.

Behind the scenes

  • The Avenger might be named after the GAU-8 Avenger 30mm Gatling-type rotary cannon mounted on the A-10 Thunderbolt II.
  • The CZ designation could possibly be a reference to the real-world weapon manufacturer, Česká zbrojovka (famous for CZ-75 pistol or Skorpion submachine gun).

References

  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 and Fallout Tactics. [1][2]
  7. In-game description for the MEC Gauss minigun from Fallout Tactics. [1]
  8. In-game description for the minigun from Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel.
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