This Handheld Minigun Was Designed For Maximum Obliteration

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The XM556 Microgun is only 22 inches long, but it can dish out 2,000 to 4,000 rounds a minute.

The XM556 Microgun is only 22 inches long, but it can dish out 2,000 to 4,000 rounds a minute.

Somebody actually made a handheld minigun. No, they did. It’s fucking awesome.

The XM556 Microgun was designed by Empty Shell LLC, a small Texas-based company composed of former law enforcement and military members, says Jeff Pitts, one of the group's managing members.

The Microgun looks like a significantly smaller version of its big brother, the M134 minigun.

You may recognize it:

According to the group’s website, the electrically driven Microgun offers four times the rate of fire as other belt-fed weapons systems. The 16-pound little monster is just 22 inches long and fires between 2,000 and 4,000 rounds per minute.

It’s not only compact, it’s also fully functional.

“We could've half assed it and put it out a year ago, but we tested and designed it, so that when you push the trigger it works,” said Pitts in an interview with Task & Purpose.

Check out a video of what the Microgun does to a target. Yeah, it definitely works.