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Does this look right - re Chain Gun & Cannon

Discussion in 'Post-World War 2 Armour' started by Lone Wolf, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf New Member

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    I got some stats re the weaponry used on several British AFVs and I found the rate of fire of both a bit surprising - does this look right to you - it seems low to me -

    Main Armament
    Rarden Cannon (30 mm) Maximum rate of fire: 50 rounds per hour

    Approximately 201 x 30 mm rounds in clips of 3 are carried

    Co-axial Machine Gun (7.62mm L94A1 Chain Gun)
    Rate of fire rapid: 120 rounds per minute

    Came from here -

    http://www.army.mod.uk/infantry/current_equipment/the_infantry_armoured_fighting_vehicle.htm

    which should be accurate.
     
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    The Brits do slow down the rate of fire, comparatively, to increase the consistancy of their weapons. However, they are not that slow. I suggest you take a look at some other web sites for the correct answers
     
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    IIRC the Rarden Cannon is single-shot, not automatic.
     
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    Even so a ROF of less than a round a minute seems excessively slow.
     
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    Per hour! :eek:

    I had not seen that - should it not be per minute?
     
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    Probably per minute. IIRC Rarden was designed for single-shot accuracy rather rate of fire, but has a 3-round burst capability.
     
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    I've emailed the British Army Web Editor and asked him to check this info.
     
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    Just found this video of a Warrior on another part of the British Army web site -

    http://www.army.mod.uk/equipment/av/av_war.htm

    Both the chaingun & cannon are demonstrated and I would estimate the chaingun is approx 500 to 600 rounds per minute and the cannon fires 5 rounds in about 4 seconds but that would not reflect its true rate of fire as it requires frequent reloads. Both though are much faster than the figures above.
     
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    The Rarden L21A1 gun on the Warrior has a cyclic rate of fire of 80-90 rounds per minute.
    The 7.62mm MG L94A1 has a rate of fire of 520-570 rounds per minute.
     

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