I know it’s only June, but I’ve already started putting together my Christmas list. Yup. I’m planning ahead. This way there’s no hemming and hawing when it comes time to tell the jolly fat man in the red suit exactly what it is I want under my holiday tree.
I want a rotary-barreled machine gun chambered in 5.56mm. Or, more simply put, a microgun.
Okay, you got me. I can’t legally own a microgun as I do not possess the government-required credentials to own one. But a guy can dream, can’t he?
Suppose for a minute that I could own a microgun, though. Where would I get one? Well, as it turns out I know just the place. Empty Shell Defense is currently in the process of fine-tuning their XM556 microgun. I reached out to Brian Abbott, the Lead Designer/Engineer for just a bit more information on this badass firearm. Here is what he said:
I started designing the XM556 as an answer for a small light weight weapon system with extreme rate of fire. Back in the 60’s, G.E. made a lightweight 5.56mm electric galling gun (XM215). They only made 10, and it never saw production. In 2011 General Dynamics tired to bring it back but that only lasted a year.
In mid 2013 I decided to bring an updated design to market. I redesigned the gun from ground up making improvements to known areas of issues as I went.
Today we have the smallest, lightest Electric Gatling Gun design. It is smaller and lighter than the FN M249 Saw. With over 4x’s the firepower. We have already gained attention from several Military and government agencies.
Pretty neat, huh? You can see some more photos and videos on the Empty Shell Intagram page.