Black powder went out of use in the big guns in the mid 1930's and Cordite came in. Much easier to swab out the barrel's and burned cleaner. When I was in, in the 1960's we were still using C for 5 inch and larger. Don't know if it is still in use now. The cordite grainuals were about the size of a lead pencil and had a hole through the center with 5 smaller holes going through the length around the larger hole. It burned really slow (like fuse) in the open air, but under chamber pressure it was much faster of course. Had a real ascidic smell in the turret when firing the stuff and made your eyes water.
In 1952 we fired Recoiless Rifles, 75 & 105, you should see the blast from those at night. blast from the front and REAR, that's how they made them recoiless. Nobody , repeat nobody stood any where near the rear or else.
Wonder witch battlewagon is in the photo? no numbers visible,(just a thought, but when you call "pull" on that ship you`ll get someones attention). I`ve also heard that with the new sighting systems (drones etc). they could hit a schoolbus sized target at 50 miles. impressive to say the least. any swabbys out there who sailed, served on these great ships in the 80s& 90s that could verify this? thanks ML
willing, quote: <i>"In 1952 we fired Recoiless Rifles, 75 & 105, you should see the blast from those at night. blast from the front and REAR, that's how they made them recoiless. Nobody , repeat nobody stood any where near the rear or else."</i><br>
My dad said in Korea they came across a 75mm recoilless rifle the NKPA had captured and tried to use against us. The fried and mangled body of an NKPA officer was behind it. Oops. Guess he underestimated the backflash.
The photos bring another dimension to the term "shoot off". Do those big guns have release triggers?
MIA- I hope your wife does not read your post. If she does, I hope you really do not like to eat dinner, because you won't have much for a while. The mussel blast in the photos might look mild to you compared to the blast from a wife. In a shoot off with her, you will lose.
I believe the recoil-less 105's were ported. They put the porting in the rear of the barrel. LOL
When I was in the Navy I served aboard a Tin-can called the Hopewell (DD681) and was sight setter on a 5" 38 turret. Once I decided I wanted to see the muzzle flash from outside the turret and climbed out the bottom hatch to watch. I was about a foot from the bulkhead when they touched it off. The concussion slamed me against the steel pritty hard and ruined my hearing for quite a while. In those days we didn't use hearing protection in the mounts but sure needed it outside. I watched the USS StPaul (heavy cruiser) during gunnery practice off the west coast shoot her 8" guns, (may have been 12's), and when they fired a salvo from all guns it moved the ship sideways about 40 feet. Kind of neat to see and real noisey. Del