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Definition of Vulcan

Just for grins I looked up Vulcan in a dictionary-

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Vul·can
Pronunciation[vuhl-kuhn]
–noun

1. the ancient Roman god of fire and metalworking, identified with the Greek Hephaestus.
2. Military. a six-barrel, 20mm U.S. Army antiaircraft gun system mounted on an armored personnel carrier and first deployed in 1968.
3. Astronomy. a hypothetical planet nearest the sun whose existence was erroneously postulated to account for perturbations in Mercury's orbit.
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Interesting about the Army cannon. I'm retired USAF and to me, Vulcan means a 20MM aircraft cannon. Gatling-gun style, six barrel, 6000 rds per minute. All US fighter aircraft have one. The A-10 air-to-ground attack aircraft uses a GAU-08 cannon, almost identical to the Vulcan but for 30MM rounds and fires just a tad slower.
I put 21 years into the USAF munitions community and had never heard of the Army version. That's an extremely BIG weapon to put on a ground vehicle.
The well known "mini-gun" used in choppers and by certain Terminators from the future is the same basic design but fires the smaller 7.62MM round.
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I retract my statement about not hearing about a ground-use version. I just remembered Vulcan emplacements all around Kunsan Air Base in Korea. In fact, I remember hearing them shoot at fishing boats that strayed too close to the base. Really cool "BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP" sound. Too fast to hear individual rounds popping off.
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There's some more Vulcan facts I posted a couple years ago HERE.


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We also use the Vulcan gun in the Navy's CIWS (Close In Weapons Support) systems for ship defense. Would not want to be on the business end of one.

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Will it...

Will the Vulcan take out a Lincoln Navigator?
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Will the Vulcan take out a Lincoln Navigator?
Well, with a +3/4" Dia. and probably well over 1000 Grn. bullet every 1/100 Sec., and a good operator I don't think the Navigator or its aviator would come out on top...lol...
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Will the Vulcan take out a Lincoln Navigator?
Strange guy??!!
Just joins and asks this question????

Maybe he has a Navigator that needs taken out!


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Hyper, thats what I thought... Or maybe the gas prices have got the Navigator stalled in the gate...lol...
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god of fire and metalworking, neat

Another.... 'Vulcan ovens'... well made and can be found in a commercial kitchen near you.

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