Why This Million RPM Machine Gun is Too Awesome to be Fielded

November 20, 2018


On the bright side, if you were turned to paste by this thing, you'd be obliterated in milliseconds and wouldn't even have a chance to blink. 

(Screengrab via YouTube)


According to We Are The Mighty, the Australian-made, US-funded behemoth of a cannon called the Metal Storm managed to achieve a maximum rate of fire of 1.62 million rounds per minute as it fired 180 rounds in a 0.01 second burst. 


Don't believe that's possible? Here's a video of this gun in action to fully convince you.


The first prototype was created in June, 1997. It's been over 20 years now and it's never been fielded in combat.




In short, the reason why this potential game-changer has never seen combat is mostly tied to legal issues surrounding contracts. But there's also the rarely-brought-up question of, "how would we use it?"


Outside of legal issues, there are some very obvious downsides: cost and weight. 


Its applications, as is, are very circumstantial. It's extremely heavy and requires plenty of prep time to set up effectively just for a single use. 


Then, there's the insane amount of money that goes into fully loading it, only to have it waste nearly all of its ammunition.


Aiming this thing is also a challenge. 


It was originally conceived to remain stationary and to be used in setting up ambushes.


Anything in its line of fire would be effectively turned into a paste, but by stepping a few feet to either side, the target remains fully composed solid.


There is still hope for the Metal Storm's technology. The caseless, electronically fired, multi-stacked rounds will change future wars. 

Disclaimer: The appearance of US Department of Defense (DoD) visual information on this website does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. 

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