Futuristic artillery gun is cited as the world's fastest firearm.
With the ability to fire 16,000 rounds of ammunition each second, the Metal Storm Stacked Projectile is one of the most fearsome military weapons in development.
World’s Fastest Firing Weapon
Firing one million rounds of ammunition per minute has earned the Metal Storm Stacked Projectile a citation in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s fastest firearm. The Metal Storm device was conceived by James Michael O’Dwyer, an Australian inventor. The weapon is now being developed by Metal Storm Ltd., a research and development company based in Brisbane, Australia that has a subsidiary in Arlington, Virginia.
The Metal Storm Stacked Projectile combines the barrel and magazine, and eliminates the need for a traditional firing mechanism. When the weapon’s trigger is pulled electronic impulses are sent directly to the bullets, which ignite them at an incredibly fast rate of 16,000 rounds a second. The bullets are fired from several barrels at once. This is essentially the same design as a "Roman Candle" firework. Metal Storm also has the ability to fire grenades at a rate of a half-a-million rounds per minute.