I miss getting behind the minigun. We used to run them on a few of our Assault Force HUMMERs, back when I was working with the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Force (ICTF). This was a joint force, consisting of trained Iraqi operators led by their US Green Beret advisors. Troops would conduct “Rolling Assaults” using about a dozen HUMMERs. These HUMMERs were open-topped with running boards, to haul about 9 assaulters each. They were armed with a .50cal BMG in the turret, and 4x M-240s mounted on swing-arms off the sides and back. Usually one HUMMER per Troop would mount an M-134 Minigun. Occasionally, if I wasn’t tied up, I would roll on these raids manning that minigun. While being a vehicle turret gunner sounds boring (and it is), it is a job that needs to be done. However, every once in a while, someone would be stupid enough to pick a fight with us, and I would get to flip up that Red Safety, hit that trigger, and let that “Breath of Allah” sing.
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