In particular, Old Painless. A supposed GE M-134 minigun. And fantasize about mowing down all the Enemies of Amerika.
The weapon of choice of Blaine Cooper (Jesse Ventura), this little baby could wipe out an entire guerrilla base or acres of jungle growth in mere seconds. I start to fantasize I have one of these little babies with me. Until reality sets in.
- It fires 7.62mm rounds at 50 rounds/sec. Simple math shows that every 10 second burst requires 500 rounds. Between the firefight with the guerrillas and the emotional firing by Mac (Bill Duke), Blaine's buddy when Blaine was done in by the predator, there's no practical way a normal human being could have carried that much ammunition. I counted at least 60 seconds of combined fire time, which means 3,000 total rounds. More or less. Probably more.
- Cost. Every second the trigger is pulled about $200 flies out of those six barrels. In 60 seconds I've burned through enough ammunition to buy a nice used car.
- Recoil. It's strong enough to knock you back on your ass. That's one reason it's usually pintle mounted in the door of a helicopter or the top edge of a vehicle.
- Reload. Did I mention it shoot's 50 rounds/sec? Unless you've got extra belts with you, you'll chew through ammo far far faster than you'll get the minigun reloaded.
- Electricity. The M-134 has an electric motor to drive the rotating barrels. That's the whine you hear in the movies along with all the rounds being fired. Problem is the gun needs a big battery. Big enough that when it was being used in the Predator they had the power cabling running off of Jesse and carefully hidden off the edge of the scene.
Not to mention what an eye-catching sight an M-134 minigun mounted on top of a fire-red Prius would look like driving around downtown Orlando. I haven't looked to be sure, but I don't think Florida's right to carry laws covers a M-134 minigun.
Oh well. Time to come back down to earth.