Tripod Mounted M134 In Vietnam


Every once in a while I run across a picture from Vietnam that surprises me. This soldier took a picture posing with a tripod mounted M134 minigun. I am pretty sure I never seen this combination in VN war era photos. I believe the tripod to be the same one used for the M2 browning. Maybe Kirk will confirm or deny that.

The idea of being on the perimeter while waves of commie soldiers try to over run the base while you mow them down with a M134 brings a smile to the face.


  1. Yep, that’s too big to be an M122, that’s an M3 tripod for the heavies.

    I don’t wonder if this was a test fire situation though given the other tripod beside him. You can mount it to anything that’ll take the pintle of course but it is unique to be ground mounted.

  2. I did part of my little bit with a guy who had been in the 11th ACR when George Patton’s son was running it. They mounted up some mini-guns on M113 tracks and went out looking for trouble, and found it.

    How’d that work out, I asked him.

    Real great, for about five minutes, he said.

    Then what happened, I asked him.

    We ran out of ammo, he said, and we all looked at each other and said, let’s get the hell out of here, and so they did.

    To be truthful, knowing this guy, I give it 50/50 that his story was true, but it is true that it is a story.


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