The following excerpt was taking from the summer edition of Superior Arms, a monthly publication featuring news, reviews, and specifications on the latest firearms, military-grade tech, and cutting-edge gear available on the market.

Reviewing the Spitfire 90:
More Spit Than Fire?
By Aven Rode

Every now and then, Superior Arms reports on a new advancement so revolutionary in the ever-expanding world of firearms that it turns heads. This isn’t one of them. Or, maybe it is—but for all the wrong reasons. Designed by Horizon Global Solutions, the Spitfire 90 is a 20 mm Gatling-style autocannon capable of firing 3,000 rounds per minute. So far, it sounds like a typical rotary cannon, but here’s the major shakeup: unlike the standard cyclic multi-barrel design—where each barrel fires a single shot once reaching a certain point in the cycle—the Spitfire 90 employs an original Enhanced Barrel Rotation (EBR) mechanism. This novel process allows the ammunition to feed in faster and for multiple barrels to fire simultaneously. Just the thing when you need more bullets flying through the air all at once, right? Not quite. Horizon Global Solutions put out a truly sensational press release for the Spitfire 90, along with demonstration footage showcasing the weapons seemingly impressive—and destructive—firepower.

That was six months ago. Rumor has it that Horizon Global Solutions sold out of all their units within twenty minutes after offering pre-sales. Flash forward to little over a month ago, and the first Spitfire 90s start landing in consumers hands. This particular model was hailed as the perfect compliment to equip with the NT Hunter-Seeker drone line.

Early reports from consumers were not promising. Many found the Spitfire 90 unreliable, most placing blame on the new Enhanced Barrel Rotation system that Horizon Global Solutions claimed would revolutionize the autocannon market. Last week Superior Arms was finally able to get our hands on one and we ran it through a gauntlet of tests. Within an hour of testing the Spitfire, we noticed smoke flooding out from each barrel which, in turn, led to ammunition jamming as the EBR system faltered. By the time we got around to our second hour, the barrel had been destroyed and ceased to fire. And, as for accuracy, forget it. The less said, the better.

The Spitfire 90 may just be the absolute worst autocannon we’ve ever encountered in our twenty years of publishing reviews. Horizon Global Solutions took a big risk with their EBR system and it failed to pay off. Seeing as how HGS has handled similar missteps in the past, it’s likely they’ll discontinue the Spitfire 90 within the next few months, clear the model from their current catalogue, and sweep any indication that they ever produced it under the rug.

Mark my words, in a decade or two you’ll find a small group of firearm collectors paying insane prices to purchase a rare Spitfire 90. The same thing happened with the notorious GranGun heavy laser rifle a few years ago. Despite claims of it exploding upon use, some collectors now claim the GranGun was a marvel of engineering. Go figure.

Danger Zone One. Story by Midnight. Art by Salaiix.