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This is a lore summary, presenting intradiegetic or in-universe information about the subject. For game characteristics and similar data, consult the table on the right.
Game-specific articles
FalloutCZ53 personal minigun
Fallout 2CZ53 personal minigun
CZ57 Avenger
Vindicator
Fallout 3CZ53 personal minigun
Eugene
FO: New VegasCZ53 personal minigun
CZ57 Avenger
Jammed minigun
Old World BluesK9000 cyberdog gun
FIDO
Lonesome RoadShoulder mounted machine gun
Fallout 4Minigun
Ashmaker
Fallout 76Gatling gun
Minigun (Fallout 76)
Gauss minigun
FO TacticsCZ57 Avenger
Vindicator
MEC Gauss minigun
Fallout ShelterRusty minigun
Minigun
Enhanced minigun
Hardened minigun
Armor piercing minigun
Lead Belcher
Fallout: BoSMinigun
Van BurenCZ25 military minigun
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A minigun is a multi-barrel rotary machine gun with a high rate of fire, employing Gatling-style rotating barrels. It was a standard military weapon before the Great War, with Rockwell's CZ series being the most popular choice in the United States of America.

It is widely used by many factions such as the super mutants, Brotherhood of Steel and the Enclave, due to its extraordinary firepower at close range.

Models[edit | edit source]

CZ25 military minigun[edit | edit source]

Gametitle-VB.pngThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
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Gameplay article:

A Rockwell CZ25 military minigun firing .223 rounds with an ammunition capacity of 54. A multi-barreled weapon capable of firing large quantities of ammunition with minimal heal issues.[1]

CZ53 personal minigun[edit | edit source]

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A Rockwell CZ53 personal minigun is capable of firing 5mm rounds at over 60,000 RPM[2] with an ammunition capacity dependent on the type of feed mechanism. (120 round unknown[3], 200 round belt-fed drum[4], and 240 box – with accompanying extra belt backpack[5]) The CZ53 personal minigun makes up for the small 5mm round by sending a hail of bullets toward its target. Its sheer size, coupled with its trademark sound, is enough to send anyone in its path running for cover. It's a great weapon for suppressing fire, letting others flank the unsuspecting enemy.[6][7] When the Great War struck, it was already an aging design and was slowly being replaced by the more advanced CZ57 Avenger minigun.[8] The minigun was the favorite weapon of the Mariposa super mutant during the Unity's time, and allowed many of the super mutants to wield them effectively with only one arm.[9]

CZ57 Avenger minigun (5mm)[edit | edit source]

Gameplay articles:
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Rockwell designed the 5mm CZ57[10] Avenger[11] as the replacement for their aging CZ53 personal minigun. The Avenger's design improvements include improved gel-fin cooling and chromium plated barrel-bores, giving it a greater range and lethality.[12] It also has an ammo capacity of 120x 5mm round like the earlier versions of the CZ53 model.

CZ57 Avenger minigun (5.56mm)[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay article:
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A variant model of the regular CZ57 Avenger minigun seen in the Midwest which is more compact, completely black, less powerful and chambered for 5.56mm rounds with an ammunition capacity of 120.

K9000 cyberdog gun[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay article:

This Big MT experimental weapon is controlled by a dog brain, which can help sniff out hostile personnel.[13][14] When fired, its three barrels reciprocate one after the other, throwing .357 Magnum rounds downrange at a rapid speed. The gun is also fitted with a telescopic scope.

Shoulder mounted machine gun[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay article:

The shoulder mounted machine gun is a scaled down minigun: a multi-barreled machine gun built to offer a dramatic fire rate without the risk of overheating, but with a easy-to-use design thanks to its significantly reduced weight and padded shoulder mount. As the name suggests, the weapon is mounded on the shoulder, much like a missile launcher and accepts common 10mm ammunition.

Vindicator minigun (4.7mm)[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay article:

Representing the pinnacle of Teutonic engineering, the Vindicator is a Rheinmetall AG 4.7mm minigun, capable of firing over 90,000 caseless shells per minute down its six carbon-polymer barrels. Standard load is 100 bullets.[15]

Vindicator minigun (7.62mm)[edit | edit source]

Mini-FOT Logo.pngThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
Gameplay article:
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A variant model of the regular Vindicator minigun seen in the Midwest with a completely new design, a display screen that show the remaining ammunition and chambered in 7.62mm bullets with an ammo capacity of 100x 7.62mm round.[16]

MEC Gauss minigun[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay articles:

An extremely rare minigun, the MEC Gauss minigun was designed by the Chinese. Atypical for an automatic weapon, it uses Gauss technology, multiple electromagnetic fields to firing 2mm ammunition at over 90,000 rounds per minute to relativistic velocities, with an ammo capacity of 80x 2mm round.[17]

Vault-Tec minigun[edit | edit source]

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A post-War minigun designed by Vault-Tec Industries in the Secret Vault. The Vault-Tec minigun has a lower rate of fire than a general minigun but, unusually for a minigun, chambered in common handgun ammo. It has five barrels and it was used by the Attis army in Texas.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • The Avenger might be named after the GAU-8 Avenger 30mm Gatling-type rotary cannon mounted on the A-10 Thunderbolt II.
  • The CZ designation could possibly be a reference to the real-world weapon manufacturer, Česká zbrojovka (famous for the CZ-75 pistol and Škorpion submachine gun).

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Concept art by Adam Adamowicz

References

  1. In-game description for the CZ25 military minigun from the Van Buren tech demo.
  2. In-game description: "{1200}{}{Minigun}"
    "{1201}{}{A Rockwell CZ53 Personal Minigun. A multi-barrelled chaingun firing 5mm ammunition at over 60,000 RPM. Min ST: 7.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout), PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))
  3. Fallout & Fallout 2
  4. Fallout 4
  5. Fallout 3 & Fallout: New Vegas – assumption that there is extra belts within the backpack.
  6. Research Terminal, Research Log - Minigun
  7. Research Note - Minigun
  8. In-game description: "{38900}{}{Avenger Minigun}"
    "{38901}{}{Rockwell designed the Avenger as the replacement for their aging CZ53 Personal Minigun. The Avenger's design improvements include improved, gel-fin, cooling and chromium plated barrel-bores. This gives it a greater range and lethality. Min ST: 7.}"
    "name_lightMiniGun = {Avenger MiniGun}"
    "desc_lightMiniGun = {Rockwell designed the Avenger as the replacement for their aging CZ53 Personal Minigun. The Avenger's design improvements include improved, gel-fin, cooling and chromium plated barrel-bores. This gives it a greater range and lethality.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2), Items.txt)
  9. Animation frames in Fallout and Fallout 2.
  10. The "CZ57" designation was first mentioned in Fallout: New Vegas.
  11. J.E. Sawyer on formspring. Archived from the original on 2013-01-11. when asked about the visual differences between the Fallout 2 Avenger and the Fallout: New Vegas CZ57 Avenger: "Yes. They look different because the CZ57 Avenger in F:NV has to work with existing F3/F:NV grip, firing, and reload animations."
  12. In-game description: "{38900}{}{Avenger Minigun}"
    "{38901}{}{Rockwell designed the Avenger as the replacement for their aging CZ53 Personal Minigun. The Avenger's design improvements include improved, gel-fin, cooling and chromium plated barrel-bores. This gives it a greater range and lethality. Min ST: 7.}"
    "name_lightMiniGun = {Avenger MiniGun}"
    "desc_lightMiniGun = {Rockwell designed the Avenger as the replacement for their aging CZ53 Personal Minigun. The Avenger's design improvements include improved, gel-fin, cooling and chromium plated barrel-bores. This gives it a greater range and lethality.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2), Items.txt)
  13. Terminal, Check out this mod I've been working on!
  14. The Courier: "This sonic gun looks like an energy projectile. Got anything that spits lead?"
    Klein: "[SUCCEEDED] WHAT DID IT SAY? SPIT "LEAD?" WHAT, LIKE PENCILS?"
    0: "*O... I think it wants a combustion pistol.*"
    Borous: "-A GUN! Are you MAD?! We can't give it a GUN! GUNS kill, leave big open holes in you that are like sores but WORSE.-"
    8: "@@[$((*&^#%]@@."
    Dala: "Dr. 8 is correct. We already have given the teddy bear a lethal sonic death ray filled with his sonic ejaculate and sterilized by my soft WooWOOing. Giving the teddy bear a gun would be the equivalent of following a glass of hemlock with an Abraxo chaser. Delicious and redundantly deadly."
    Klein: "IF WE'RE GOING TO BRING THE SOCRATIC METHOD INTO IT, FINE. GIVE THE LOBOTO-BEAR A COMBUSITON GUN. BOROUS? DON'T YOU HAVE SOMETHING LIKE THAT?"
    Borous: "-Are you MAD?! We can't give it a GUN! GUNS...- -...wait, I said that already. Yes, I have THE Cyberdog Gun. With the little floppy metal ears and the curious nose sensor. Here.-"
    Klein: "FINE. DONE. THAT GUN MAKES ME UNCOMFORTABLE ANYWAY, ALWAYS WORRIED ITS GOING TO HUMP MY CHASSIS. ANYTHING ELSE, LOBOTOMITE?"
    (Klein's, Dala's, Borous, 0's, and 8's dialogue)
  15. In-game description: "{39500}{}{Vindicator Minigun}"
    "{39501}{}{The German Rheinmetal AG company created the ultimate minigun. The Vindicator throws over 90,000 caseless shells per minute down its six carbon-polymer barrels. As the pinnacle of Teutonic engineering skill, it is the ultimate hand-held weapon. Min ST: 7.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))
  16. Item description: "name_heavyMiniGun = {Vindicator MiniGun}"
    "desc_heavyMiniGun = {The German Rheinmetal AG company created the ultimate minigun. The Vindicator throws over 90,000 caseless shells per minute down its six carbon-polymer barrels. As the pinnacle of Teutonic engineering skill, it is the ultimate hand-held weapon.}"
    (Items.txt)
  17. In-game description: "name_gaussMiniGun = {MEC Gauss MiniGun}"
    "desc_gaussMiniGun = {The MEC Gauss is of Chinese design. It uses multiple electromagnetic fields to propel over 90,000 rounds per minute to relativistic velocities.}"
    (Items.txt)