They pretty much looked the same to me
Wasn't chaingun and Gatling gun is the same thing
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.
" @TheGreatGuero said: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." 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. :/ "
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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