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Just when you thought the M134 Minigun was the most amazing weapon ever, the XM556 Microgun shows up. The XM556 Microgun is built by Empty Shell Defense and is still currently in the prototype stages. This little bad boy is chambered in 5.56 mm, weighs 16 pounds and is 22 inches long. Go ahead and add three of these to my Christmas list. “The XM556 Microgun was designed and engineered around the 5.56mm NATO cartridge. This defensive suppression weapon is significantly smaller and lighter than it’s big brother the M134. It was meant to stand in place of anywhere high suppressive fire wanted without the weight or footprint of the larger M134 electrically driven Gatling gun system. The current XM556 Microgun is smaller and lighter than some current 5.56mm beltfed Squad Automatic Weapons currently on the market, with 4x’s the firepower.

XM556 MICROGUN (5.56MM)

XM556 MICROGUN – EMPTY SHELL DEFENSE – WORLD’S FIRST HAND HELD 5.56MM ELECTRIC GATLING GUN

XM556 MICROGUN (100 ROUND DUMMY TEST)

 

The XM556 is a new platform system that was designed from scratch by the ground up. The parts are not just a smaller imitation of the larger M134, but were designed on its own. An absolutely all new style of bolt was conceived and designed to eliminate current known issues with the M134. The bolts combined with many other improvements have been made to not only extend the life of the gun but reduce wear and reduce or eliminate stoppages.

The gun is sold as a complete weapon system. Some mounts and accessories designed for the M134 will work with the XM556 Microgun to make adoption easier.”

Richard at FullMag managed to get his lucky hands on an incredibly rare and fully functional handheld minigun chambered in 7.62x51mm. This thing gets lighter by the second, just keep that trigger down if you can. Richard tests the effectiveness of some AR500 armor against his new toy, but the recoil is almost too much to handle. Watch the barrels rise as he’s pushed back with every trigger pull.

Via – EmptyShellUS – Check out their Instagram HERE.

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