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Japanese 8"/50 Type 1 Gun


Photograph of 8" gun casemates on Kaga

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Specifications:


Bore diameter
7.874"
200mm
Ammunition type
Bagged

Projectile weight

242 lbs
110 kg

Velocity

2854 feet per second
870 meters per second

Maximum elevation   

25 degrees

Range

24,700 yards
22,600 meters

Firing cycle

12-30 seconds


Although these guns made up the original main battery of several early Japanese heavy cruiser classes, they were gradually replaced with the more powerful Mark 2 gun. By 1941 they were still present only on the Akagi and Kaga in stern casemates. Neither ship survived long enough for these useless weapons to be removed, as was done with their counterparts on the Saratoga.

References

Campbell (1985)


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