Wasn't chaingun and Gatling gun is the same thing

#1 Posted by maimran91 (361 posts) -

They pretty much looked the same to me

#2 Posted by TheGreatGuero (9130 posts) -

Do I dare to throw miniguns into the mix?

#3 Posted by kingclaw (757 posts) -

single barrel ≠ multiple barrels. So no, thay are not the same 

#4 Posted by Warped655 (6 posts) -

Common misconception furthered by Doom's naming of it's weapons (and I think a couple of other games). The Doom's "chaingun" was a Gatling gun (of unknown model). Technically, the term "minigun" comes from what the M134 was nicknamed. People have just applied it to all Gatling guns for some reason.

#5 Posted by august (3853 posts) -

Why did we put everything we said into the past tense?

#6 Posted by Blade_Hunter (52 posts) -

Just postin' a link ;) 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaingun

#7 Posted by Three0neFive (2297 posts) -
@TheGreatGuero said:
" Do I dare to throw miniguns into the mix? "
I never understood why they call them miniguns. I mean, they're the farthest thing from mini. :/
#8 Posted by Jadeskye (4367 posts) -
@Three0neFive said:
" @TheGreatGuero said:
" Do I dare to throw miniguns into the mix? "
I never understood why they call them miniguns. I mean, they're the farthest thing from mini. :/ "
sounds like American military humour to me.
#9 Edited by Gargantuan (1882 posts) -
@Blade_Hunter said:

" Just postin' a link ;)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaingun "

Thanks! That was interesting. :)
#10 Posted by Patman99 (1604 posts) -
@Three0neFive said:
" @TheGreatGuero said:
" Do I dare to throw miniguns into the mix? "
I never understood why they call them miniguns. I mean, they're the farthest thing from mini. :/ "
It's because a minigun is a type of gatling gun. It is "mini" in comparison to the other gatling guns which use much large rounds. 
#11 Posted by Blade_Hunter (52 posts) -

Anyway I see more common things with the chaingun and the autocannon than the gatling gun, and I always thought that chaingun standed for a gun who use a belt fed ammunition system....
Because I think everyone knows that machine guns can use belt fed systems as well as magazines and drums, and the fact that the belt was a sort of chain ...
 
The Machingun just designates the single barrel weapon
The Autocannon designates 20 mm caliber machine guns and above
The gatling gun is just a multi barrel rotary machinegun
The minigun designates the small gatling guns weapons like the M134 and XM 214
And the chaingun designates externally powered single barrel machineguns and autocanons
 
Anyway our beloved games uses often wrong names in regards to weapons and chaingun is used for almost every kind of machine gun in games

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