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M41 Vulcan Light Anti-Aircraft Gun
Production information
Model

M41 Light Anti-Aircraft Gun

Type

Heavy Machine Gun

Technical specifications
Damage Per Hit

Medium

Maximum Ammunition

Unlimited

Fire Mode

Automatic

Ammunition Type

12.7x99mm armor penetrating rounds

Operation

Electrically-powered

Rate of Fire

450-500 rounds per minute[1], approx. 900 rounds per minute[2]

Accuracy

Medium to High

Range

Short to Medium to Long

Usage
Affiliation

United Nations Space Command

[Source]
"Man! This thing rips stuff up!"
—Marine Gunner

The M41 Vulcan Light Anti-Aircraft Gun[3] is a United Nations Space Command Defense Force vehicle-mounted machine gun. It is used as the primary armament on the standard M12 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle.

Contents

Background

The M41 Vulcan is the standard weaponry of the M12 Warthog LRV, although it is found on the Behemoth-class Troop Transport Elephant as well. It is a triple-barreled, electric-powered, linkless, drum-fed weapon. It fires 450 to 550 12.7x99mm armor penetrating rounds per minute.[4] Turret traverse rate is 100 degrees per second and weapon elevation rate is 60 degrees per second. Recoil from sustained fire is prodigious and negatively impacts accuracy at long range. It also works quite well for taking out Banshees and other lightly-armored vehicles.

Ammunition

As stated above, the M41 uses 12.7x99mm rounds, also know as the .50 BMG round, or .50 caliber. The name BMG comes from the 20th-century M2 Browning Machine Gun the cartridge was designed for. It is well known for its legendary stopping power. It is normally considered an anti-materiel round, as it can take out both light armor and infantry at great range. The bullet is even capable of stopping a car dead in its tracks, shooting a round right through its engine block.

The 12.7x99mm rounds is capable of exerting upwards of five times as much damage as the 7.62x51mm rounds used in the MA5 series of assault rifles, and the M41 is a relatively accurate example of its power compared to the smaller 7.62mm round. This was only evident in Halo: Combat Evolved, as damage per-hit in Halo 2 was dramatically less powerful. To balance this out, the rate of fire on the M41 was increased to roughly 900 rounds per-minute, and accuracy was increased significantly from the Halo: Combat Evolved version.

Trivia

The four-barreled LAAG on a Halo Wars-era Warthog.
  • This weapon bears a close resemblance to the GAU-19/A machine gun used by the United States military. In addition to other superficial similarities, both are triple-barreled Gatling-style machine guns. Both weapons also fire the 12.7×99 mm round.
  • The M41 is also found on the Behemoth-class Troop Transport.
  • The armored cover on the LAAG is the only part of the Elephant that can be damaged.
  • When the weapon is firing it is slow but gradually gets faster the longer you pull the trigger, so it's always a good idea to just prime the trigger when you're on the turret, since you don't waste any ammo.
  • The armor plating can be shot or beaten off in Halo 2 and 3.
  • In Halo Wars trailers, renders, and cutscenes, the M41 is shown with four barrels. It is unknown if this is a graphical change or a different weapon altogether.
  • In Red vs Blue: Relocated, Simmons falsely surmises the rate of fire for the LAAG at "ten thousand rounds per second".
  • Halo 3 MythBusters proved that one can perform a Superbounce in Halo 3 using a detached warthog turret from a destroyed warthog.
  • A stationary version of the M41 LAAG, as well as the M68 Gauss Cannon, appears in Halo 3: ODST.
  • A variant of the M41 LAAG, titled "M41 ELAAGat, is mounted on the back of the OF92/EVA Booster Frame. This version fires Depleted Uranium rounds, and is capable of firing in the vacuum of space due to shells with pressurized atmospheric contents.[5][6]

Gallery

Sources

  1. Halo: Combat Evolved
  2. Halo 2, Halo 3
  3. Halo Encyclopedia
  4. Halo: The Flood, page 72
  5. Halo Legends, The Package Part 1
  6. Halo Waypoint, Booster Frame article

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