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The GAU-8 itself weighs {{convert|620|lb|kg}}, but the complete weapon, with feed system and drum, weighs {{convert|4029|lb|kg}} with a maximum ammunition load. It measures {{convert|19|ft|5+1/2|in|m|abbr=on}} from the muzzle to the rearmost point of the ammunition system, and the ammunition drum alone is {{convert|34.5|in|cm}} in diameter and {{convert|71.5|in|m}} long.<ref name="Spick2000_p44">Spick 2000, p. 44.</ref> Power for operating the gun is provided by twin hydraulic motors pressurized from two independent hydraulic systems. The magazine can hold 1,174 rounds, although 1,150 is the typical load-out. Muzzle velocity when firing Armor-Piercing Incendiary rounds is {{convert|3250|ft/s|m/s}}, almost the same as the substantially lighter [[M61 Vulcan]]'s 20&nbsp;mm round.
 
The GAU-8 itself weighs {{convert|620|lb|kg}}, but the complete weapon, with feed system and drum, weighs {{convert|4029|lb|kg}} with a maximum ammunition load. It measures {{convert|19|ft|5+1/2|in|m|abbr=on}} from the muzzle to the rearmost point of the ammunition system, and the ammunition drum alone is {{convert|34.5|in|cm}} in diameter and {{convert|71.5|in|m}} long.<ref name="Spick2000_p44">Spick 2000, p. 44.</ref> Power for operating the gun is provided by twin hydraulic motors pressurized from two independent hydraulic systems. The magazine can hold 1,174 rounds, although 1,150 is the typical load-out. Muzzle velocity when firing Armor-Piercing Incendiary rounds is {{convert|3250|ft/s|m/s}}, almost the same as the substantially lighter [[M61 Vulcan]]'s 20&nbsp;mm round.
   
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The standard ammunition mixture for anti-armor use is a four-to-one mix of PGU-14/B [[Armor-piercing shot and shell|Armor Piercing]] Incendiary, with a projectile weight of about 15.0 oz (425 grams or 6,560 grains) and PGU-13/B [[High-explosive incendiary|High Explosive Incendiary]] (HEI) rounds, with a projectile weight of about 12.7 oz (360 grams or 5,556.25 grains).{{Citation needed|date=November 2014}} The PGU-14/B's projectile incorporates a lightweight aluminum body, cast around a smaller caliber [[depleted uranium]] penetrating core.<ref name="Stravonski">{{cite web|url=http://members.aol.com/Stravonski/private/gun.html |title=Firepower of the A-10 |last=Stravonski |accessdate=2009-09-14 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20030415000511/http://members.aol.com/Stravonski/private/gun.html |archivedate = 2003-04-15}}</ref> The Avenger is lethal against tanks and all other armored vehicles.
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The standard ammunition mixture for anti-armor use is a four-to-one mix of PGU-14/B [[Armor-piercing shot and shell|Armor Piercing]] Incendiary, with a projectile weight of about 15.0 oz (425 grams or 6,560 grains) and PGU-13/B [[High-explosive incendiary|High Explosive Incendiary]] (HEI) rounds, with a projectile weight of about 12.7 oz (360 grams or 5,556.25 grains).{{Citation needed|date=November 2013}} The PGU-14/B's projectile incorporates a lightweight aluminum body, cast around a smaller caliber [[depleted uranium]] penetrating core.<ref name="Stravonski">{{cite web|url=http://members.aol.com/Stravonski/private/gun.html |title=Firepower of the A-10 |last=Stravonski |accessdate=2009-09-14 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20030415000511/http://members.aol.com/Stravonski/private/gun.html |archivedate = 2003-04-15}}</ref> The Avenger is lethal against tanks and all other armored vehicles.
   
 
[[File:GAU-8 in A-10.jpg|thumb|right|GAU-8 mounted in A-10]]
 
[[File:GAU-8 in A-10.jpg|thumb|right|GAU-8 mounted in A-10]]
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{{Modern Gatling Guns}}
 
{{Modern Gatling Guns}}
 
{{Multiple Barrel Firearms}}
 
{{Multiple Barrel Firearms}}
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{{Wikipedia|GAU-8 Avenger}}
 
{{Wikipedia|GAU-8 Avenger}}
   

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