Machine guns are weapons which fire small projectiles at an incredibly high rate. You would think that the Transformers would make something flashy or nuclear, but hey, go with what works.


Generation One

Slugslinger used a machine gun, which was later modified to be controlled by Caliburst. It fired rounds of 1,200 per minute. And knowing Slugslinger, he fired it at that rate whenever he saw something threatening or scary.

Thundercracker (G1)'s bio stated that he uses variable-calibre machineguns. Sounds cool, aside from leaving most folks who understand how guns work wondering how you manage that.

Beast Wars

Tarantulas and Blackarachnia had the legs of their spider modes equipped with machine guns. After his upgrade into a Transmetal, Tarantulas had machine guns installed in his shoulders.

Movie continuity

After arriving on Earth, Starscream downgraded his plasma cannon for a machine gun, and Blackout for a slightly higher rate gatling gun (the other Decepticons presumably followed course). This loss of advanced weaponry was presumably to better disguise themselves for combat on Earth. Prime Directives issue 4

The Autobots, on the other hand, retained their energy weapons. Only Ratchet and Jetpower Optimus Prime were shown using a machine gun. Transformers

Really thought that one through, didn't you, Starscream?

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