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British 6"/50 BL Mark 23 Gun


Photograph of 6"/50 Mark 23 gun turrets

State Library of Victoria. Via Wikimedia Commons

Cropped by author


Specifications:


Bore
6"
152.4mm
Ammunition Type
CPBC shells with bagged propellant.
HE shells were also available.

Weight of round

112 lbs
50.8 kg

Velocity

2758 feet per second
841 meters per second

Maximum elevation     

45 degrees

Range

25,480 yards
23,300 meters

Firing cycle

7.5-10 seconds


This gun was used in the more modern British light cruisers, although its use of bagged propellant and manual ramming and breech mechanisms was somewhat out of date for a weapon this size. It was envisioned as an antiaircraft weapon, but it proved impossible to give the necessary train rate and elevation. Unlike most British weapons, it was supplied with flashless powder when required.


References

Campbell (1985)

NavWeaps.org (accessed 2012-2-20)


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