KAC Chainsaw Machine Gun

Somehow I missed this gem at the 2009 SHOT Show.  Knight’s Armament showed a new chainsaw-styled machine gun, which is based on the Stoner LMG (light machine gun).  This functioning chainsaw machine gun is belt-fed, chambered in 5.56, and has an integral suppressor and 37mm flare launcher.  Oh, and the appearance kicks ass.

Knight’s said that this machine gun was more of a fun expriment than a serious exercise in a new platform development.  However, they make an excellent point, which was with new sighting systems, bringing a rifle to your shoulder to align the sights may be obsolete in the near future.  If so, something like the chainsaw machine gun may be a better alternative as a shooting platform.  The concept is certainly worth exploring.

The non-machinegun chainsaw is a fairly ergonomic tool that many people use regularly.  I’ve always found chainsaws to be a natural extension of my arm and easy to wield without any real training or optics.  Granted, shooting a machinegun-like device from the hip is different, but I think the ergonomics can make sense.

Imagine having an optic on the gun that relays a signal via wire or Bluetooth to a heads up display integrated into the helmet.  It may sound like an Aliens rip-off, but I think the system could work.

Take a look at the Chainsaw Gun in action:

My question is:  Can you shoot this gun without yelling “get some!”?  I’m not sure.  Knight’s Armament has a real flair for developing the fun guns, and this one is right at the top of the fun chart.  Mossberg went on to develop a shotgun that uses a chainsaw-like appearance:

Mossberg Chainsaw

The Mossberg Chainsaw shotgun is a curious design, but not nearly as fun or practical as the KAC Chainsaw machinegun.  Mossberg makes a few good use-cases for their shotgun, such as breeching duties, but I think the hip-fired machine gun is a more useful tool.

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Comments

  1. Speedyfish says:

    That second video was undeniably cool! Mounting a camera/sight on the gun and slaving it to a heads up display for aiming would complete the package.

  2. Ineedacatscan says:

    The ergonomics remind me of the M56 rifle from Aliens (I googled it, I’m not that much of a nerd). It’s funny that KAC mentioned they have steadicam mounts for it. Thats exactly what they used in Aliens. http://www.imfdb.org/images/thumb/a/a2/Aliens_Smart2.jpg/300px-Aliens_Smart2.jpg

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