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For an overview of minigun models in the Fallout series of games, see minigun.

The Rockwell made minigun or CZ53 personal minigun[1] is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


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The Rockwell CZ53 personal minigun, otherwise known as the 5mm Man-Portable Minigun,[2] is capable of firing 5mm ammunition at over 60,000 RPM[1] with an ammo capacity of 120 5mm rounds. 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.[3] When the Great War struck, it was already an aging design and was slowly being replaced by the more advanced CZ57 Avenger minigun.[4] 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.


The minigun delivers an extremely high rate of fire, making it an effective weapon and is ideal for inflicting heavy damage on large quantities of relatively unarmored enemies. With the use of armor piercing ammunition, the minigun is extremely deadly, being able to cut through even the toughest target very fast, the downside is that it uses up the 5mm ammunition rather quickly.

Due to its poor spread, the high rate of fire effectiveness is somewhat negated at medium to long-distance combat. Additionally, this rate of fire can quickly exhaust ammunition supplies, as well as reducing the weapon's condition at an alarming rate during sustained fire. Using one requires a healthy stock of weapon repair kits, or a supply of other miniguns to keep the weapon in good working condition. This weapon has a Strength requirement of 10, the highest in the game, weighing in at 25 lbs.

The unique minigun, the CZ57 Avenger, weighs only 18 pounds, but cannot be modified. The Avenger has one of the highest DPS ratings of any gun in the game if the skill requirements are met.

When firing the minigun outside of V.A.T.S., there is a small wind-up time, as the barrels spin up to firing speed, between holding the fire button and when it actually begins to fire.


The minigun can fire a total of about 5995 standard rounds, the equivalent of 25 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeDurability
Standard, HP, & AP599525



  • CZ57 Avenger: A stronger version of the regular minigun and has one of the highest DPS values of any weapon in the game.


Icon melee- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)Icon sequence- Attacks in V.A.T.S.
Icon gun- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)Icon action- Action point cost
Icon damage- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Icon dap- Damage per action point
Icon dps- Damage per secondIcon spread- Weapon spread
Icon explosion- Area of effect damageAssault carbine extended magazines- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)
Icon effect- Effect damage & durationIcon repair- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Icon bonus effect- Bonus effectsIcon weight- Weight
Icon attack- Attacks per secondIcon merchant- Value in caps
Icon chance- Critical chance % multiplierIcon ratio- Value to weight ratio
Icon critical damage- Critical damageIcon ability- Skill required
Icon crit effect- Critical effect damage & durationIcon fist- Strength required
Icon plus- With all mods attached
Icon gunIcon damageIcon dpsIcon attackIcon chanceIcon critical damageIcon sequenceIcon actionIcon dapIcon spreadAssault carbine extended magazinesIcon repairIcon weightIcon merchantIcon ratioIcon abilityIcon fist
Minigun 12
Minigun Icon plus 12
CZ57 Avenger 13



  • A full box of ammunition (240 rounds) weighs 4.08 pounds, or 2.04 pounds if the Pack Rat perk is taken (in Hardcore mode).
  • The repair list name for this weapon is called RepairMinigunForRealzImSeriousGuys, which includes the standard minigun, as well as the CZ57 Avenger.


  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 The ammunition backpack may become stuck to the back of the player character regardless of unequipping or switching to a different weapon/armor. It may also flicker or may not disappear and duplicate itself multiple times, appearing to hover and follow the player character around. To fix this as well as many other glitches for the minigun, drop the minigun then equip another weapon and drop the second weapon before picking both weapons up. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Xbox 360Icon xbox360 The weapon firing sound usually doesn't play out with the animation. For every 2-3 bursts fired, you will hear the firing sound only once or twice. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc It's possible that the barrel spinning animation will not play out while in the first person, this usually follows some other glitch. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Sometimes the rotor sound does not play. The sound played is not the rotor sound, but the firing sound, even though no bullets have been fired. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Sometimes firing does not make any sound. Although it still registers to NPCs as sound. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Xbox 360Icon xbox360 There is a very rare bug that causes the fully modified minigun to become holstered at ALL times. It will be stuck to the Courier's hand even if holstered. It may even float upside down a small distance away from your hand at times. Unknown if the bug happens to the normal unmodified minigun.[verified]





  1. 1.0 1.1 In-game description for the minigun in Fallout and Fallout 2. [1][2]
  2. Boston Airport terminal entries; outgoing supply order RQR-2210
  3. Research Note - Minigun, Fort Independence terminal entries. [1]
  4. In-game description for the Avenger minigun from Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics. [1][2]
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