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My peeve: Incorrect usage of the term "chain gun."

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:06 pm
Author: D_Hall
Poll to follow, but quick...

Which of these two is a chain gun?



[A] Notice that it has one barrel?
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or...

[B] Notice that it has six barrels?
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Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:10 pm
Author: spudtyrrant
a fo sho (message to short)

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:14 pm
Author: deathbyDWV
[A]...

MSG


2


Short

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:15 pm
Author: jackssmirkingrevenge
This bothers me as well!

A) is a 30mm Hughes M230 Chain Gun as is commonly found hanging underneath the Apache.

B) is the Minigun's little brother in 5.56mm, the XM-214 "microgun" - which is NOT a chain gun, but a Gatling gun.

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:29 pm
Author: McCoytheGreater
jackssmirkingrevenge wrote:B) is the Minigun's little brother in 5.56mm, the XM-214 "microgun" - which is NOT a chain gun, but a Gatling gun.


Rabble rabble rabble rabble!

Gatling gun. Not chain gun. Does this mean that Doom got it wrong?

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:35 pm
Author: jackssmirkingrevenge
Feel free to argue with Alliant Techsystems Inc. ;) it's Chain Gun <sup>TM</sup>

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:50 pm
Author: USGF
jackssmirkingrevenge wrote:Feel free to argue with Alliant Techsystems Inc. ;) it's Chain Gun <sup>TM</sup>



JSR,

The old Dillon video called "Machine Gun Magic" showed the internals of a 30mm Chain Gun in motion. It had a double row roller chain actuating what looked like an M16 bolt on steroids. I've not seen that vid anywhere online.... Is is on sale at Dillon in DVD version now....

USGF

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:56 pm
Author: McCoytheGreater
jackssmirkingrevenge wrote:Feel free to argue with Alliant Techsystems Inc. ;) it's Chain Gun <sup>TM</sup>


Oh, I'm not arguing. I'm just a little disheartened that our first beloved first-person-shooter DOOM would mislead so many impressionable youths.

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:09 pm
Author: D_Hall
McCoytheGreater wrote:Oh, I'm not arguing. I'm just a little disheartened that our first beloved first-person-shooter DOOM would mislead so many impressionable youths.

Oh God... It never dawned on me that DOOM is probably the source for the confusion of so many. What's worse, is that John Carmack is a person I exchange email with on a regular basis (we share some interests). I suddenly have this urge to email him like, "John, WTF were you thinking!? Why did you call it a chain gun you arse!"

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:16 pm
Author: Insomniac
What? There were factual inaccuracies in a video game?!

Blasphemous! Now who's gonna raise the next generation of young, innocent children?

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:45 pm
Author: McCoytheGreater
Insomniac wrote:What? There were factual inaccuracies in a video game?!

Blasphemous! Now who's gonna raise the next generation of young, innocent children?


I think it's already happening with Medal of Honor and Call of Duty. Luckily the weapons on there are fairly accurate.

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:18 pm
Author: twizi
A

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:11 pm
Author: maverik94
Definatley 'A' the six barrels would make that some kind of minigun/gattling gun style weapon.

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:49 pm
Author: Biopyro
Educate the masses. What defines what is and is not a chain gun?

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:03 pm
Author: Marffy
there is no chain on either gun. there is no chain gun! :shock: