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German 20mm Flak 38 Gun


Photograph of German 20mm naval antiaircraft gun
NavWeaps.com. Fair use may apply.


Specifications:


Bore diameter
0.787"
20mm
Ammunition type     
Fixed HE incendiary
AP was available only in limited quantities

Weight of round

0.265 lbs
0.120 kg

Velocity

2871 feet per second
875 meters per second
Maximum elevation     
90 degrees

Range

5250 yards
4800 meters
Altitude
12,100 feet
3700 meters
Rate of fire
500 rounds per minute


This weapon was used on U-boats and other smaller German warships. As with most such weapons, the actual rate of fire was limited by the need to reload the 20- to 40-round magazines. Single, dual, and quadruple mounts existed, but the usual U-boat outfit was a single gun with unlimited elevation.

References

Campbell (1985)

NavWeaps.org (accessed 2010-1-18)



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