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 Post subject: MUST. HAVE. ONE.
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 11:40 am 
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 Post subject: Re: MUST. HAVE. ONE.
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 5:45 pm 
You mean the Dark Horse doesn't already have this mounted on a roof turret?!

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 Post subject: Re: MUST. HAVE. ONE.
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 6:53 pm 
Cholma wrote:
You mean the Dark Horse doesn't already have this mounted on a roof turret?!

:)


No, I've been having to make do with an M60 all this time.


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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2005 6:57 pm 
Why settle for lesser versions of the mother of all guns? ;)

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Or, considering that one is a bit hard to operate by hand, or fit on a truck, you might prefer the setup found on the M163. :)

http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/m163.htm


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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 7:02 am 
Must. Also. Have. Gazillion rounds of ammunition so the fun will last for more than a second. :)


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2005 7:18 pm 
Question: Why do they call those guns "Vulcan cannons" anyway?


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2005 11:06 pm 
Because they ERUPT!

Seriously, I dunno.[/i]


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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 12:23 pm 
Maveric wrote:
Question: Why do they call those guns "Vulcan cannons" anyway?


I want to say it's a nod to the old god of volcanoes. It was first applied to the 20mm version, which puts out a pretty impressive stream of red tracers when fired.

Guns in this family range from the .30 caliber GE miniguns like the one pictured above, to the 30mm Avenger cannon used in the old A-10 Warthog tank-killer.


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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 12:57 am 
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The A-10 which is still in common use...

When I was at the Star Wars release party, we saw at least 8 of them fly overhead. Not sure if it was 8 different planes, but we saw warthogs fly over 8 times.

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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 10:04 am 
Ogredude wrote:
The A-10 which is still in common use...

When I was at the Star Wars release party, we saw at least 8 of them fly overhead. Not sure if it was 8 different planes, but we saw warthogs fly over 8 times.


There are still some around, but I understand they are planned for phase-out. The F-16C is supposed to take over most of the tactical air-to-dirt work.

I don't agree with that, but what do I know? I'm just an old retired grunt.


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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 3:27 pm 
The A-10 was made to counter the threat of thousands of Russian tanks swarming over Europe, and as that threat disappeared (and the portable anti-aircraft systems got more and more effective) it slowly lost its reason to be. It's simply too slow to effectively execute standard ground strikes, especially considering the F-16 and F-18 are more than capable of doing that.


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