The USAF created mini gun for air force pilots

The U.S. Air Force developed a new assault rifle that breaks down into two pieces, allowing it to be stored in the ejection seat of modern jets. The GAU-5A carbine is designed to provide the firepower necessary for aircrew to defend themselves until rescue reported

The GAU-5A was designed by the Air Force Gunsmith Shop, which, according to, was formed in 1958 to repair and refurbish all small arms for the Air Force, from pistols to .50-caliber machine guns. The Air Force maintains a large arsenal of firearms carried by security forces, mounted on vehicles, and packed away for aircrews.

GAU-5A fully assembled

The GAU-5A is a modified M-4 carbine, the same weapon used by U.S. Army and Marine Corps personnel, as well as Air Force security personnel. The gun is modified into a “takedown” weapon, breaking down into two major pieces for storage purposes. The gun and four 30-round magazines loaded with 5.56-millimeter ammunition are designed to fit in a 16 x 14 x 3.5-inch compartment in an ACES II ejection seat.

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