Arizona-based High Ground Defense is on target to reshape the firearms market with their latest product – the prototype ‘Advantage’ 3-barrel minigun. Chambered in 7.62x51mm, the gun maintains certain compatible parts with the legacy M134 Minigun but slashes its weight by approximately half to an estimated 40-45 lbs. The firing rate is an impressive 3,000 rounds per minute.
The ‘Advantage’ wins safety points with its absolute rotor lock, preventing unintentional barrel rotation. Recognizable to enthusiasts is the AR15 pattern pistol grip and safety position. The gun also boasts high precision, integrated health monitoring, and enhanced ammo feed along with a variable on-demand rate of fire controlled by trigger pressure.
The minigun is still at the prototyping stage with most models as 3D printed mock-ups. But if it performs as its design suggests, High Ground Defense could well be the next significant player in the minigun market. Their development follows another innovation seen at the SHOT Show 2023 – the XR338, chambered in .338 Norma Magnum and invented by Kris Paulson and Matthew Steinhauser.
High Ground Defense’s ‘Advantage’ Gatling gun’s reduced weight and innovative design position it as a potential successor to the legacy minigun fleet. Nevertheless, its effectiveness in practical scenarios is yet to be seen.
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Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. He also runs Historical Firearms, a blog that explores the history, development and use of firearms. Matt is also co-founder of The Armourer’s Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms.
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