Thursday, July 26, 2012

Schwerer Gustav 80 cm rail gun

How many times can a person post about the same gun? Well more than thrice!

Weight 1,350 tonnes Length 47.3 metres (155 ft 2 in)
Barrel length 32.5 metres (106 ft 8 in) L/40.6
Width 7.1 metres (23 ft 4 in)
Height 11.6 metres (38 ft 1 in)
Crew 250 to assemble the gun in 3 days (54 hours)
2,500 to lay track and dig embankments.
2 Flak battalions to protect the gun from air attack.
Caliber 80 centimetres (31 in)
Elevation Max of 48°
Rate of fire 1 round every 30 to 45 minutes or typically 14 rounds a day
Muzzle velocity 820 m/s (2,700 ft/s) (HE) 720 m/s (2,400 ft/s) (AP)
Effective range about 39,000 metres (43,000 yd)
Maximum range 47,000 metres (51,000 yd) (HE) 38,000 metres (42,000 yd) (AP)


Christo said...

While we may never agree on the nature of gun safety, laws and rights (though we do agree on principle that bad people should be punished, not all gun owners are insane, and danger should at times be regulated) we can both agree: These things are just utterly fascinating. I'm a little shocked the thing is only effective to 43k yards. Perhaps I under-estimate just how far that really is.

High Power Rocketry said...

Hey I love guns! I am a 30 year old man, it is only natural that I am into guns, explosives, etc. I willingly give up my right to own a gun for the sake of society, because I have been convinced over the years that fewer guns = fewer gun crimes.

For this gun, they certainly could have extended the range if using a sabot discarding dart instead, although it would have carried far less explosive. Yet I bet this gun could have carried a conventional amount of explosive out to 100 km in a dart projectile.

No matter how big, however, these guns cannot compete with an airplane. A single bomber can put 10x more explosive on a target at 10x the range!