The 5.56 Motorized Gatling Gun – XM556

The XM556 Microgun is the smallest 5.56 Gatling, and the first designed to be handheld

Empty Shell, LLC designed and engineered this gatlin gun around the 5.56mm NATO cartridge.

This motorized handheld microgun is smaller and lighter than the current 5.56 beltfed Squad Automatic Weapons with 4x the firepower.

Here’s some insights into the making of the XM556 from Empty Shell LLC:

“The XM556 is a new platform system… designed from scratch. The parts are not just a smaller imitation of the larger M134. An absolutely all new style of bolt was conceived and designed to eliminate current known issues with the M134. The bolts combined with many other improvements have been made to not only extend the life of the gun but reduce wear and reduce or eliminate stoppages.”

Size comparisons to other firearms:

Caliber: 5.56mm
Barrel Length: 10″ or 16″
Total Gun Weight: 16 lbs (subject to change)
Rate of Fire: 2000/4000 (subject to change)
Total Length: Handheld 22″
Total Height: 6″
Total Width: 9″
Feed System: M-27 Linked Ammunition Belt
Fire Mode: Full Auto Only
Power Requirement: 24 Volts DC
Barrel Life: TBD
System Life: TBD
Status: Prototype/Still in Development

by Russ Chastain revised by ASJ

Source: Empty Shell LLC Youtube

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