Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

10 Largest Caliber Weapons Ever
Popular Mechanics ^ | May 2012 | David Hambling

Posted on 05/24/2012 7:30:35 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

10 Largest Caliber Weapons Ever

Most weapons, from .45 automatics to 155-mm howitzers, are described in terms of caliber—the diameter of their projectile. These are the biggest of the big. Some are impractical showpieces built to satisfy the outsize egos of dictators such as Adolph Hitler and Saddam Hussein. Others are pure demonstrations of extreme gunsmithing. All of them pack a punch.

Photobucket

Largest Muzzle-Loading Cannon

The Tsar Cannon was cast in bronze in 1586 and weighs 40 tons. Its 35-inch bore and could fire about 1800 pounds of stone grapeshot, earning it the nickname the Russian Shotgun. It was never fired in anger and seems to have been intended mainly for display. Regent Boris Godunov, who ruled Russia in the late 1580s and 90s, described it as a way of overawing the local population and terrifying visiting ambassadors.

Napoleon wanted to take the Tsar Cannon back to France when he captured Moscow in 1812, but left without it. The big gun is now a popular tourist attraction outside the Kremlin arsenal.

Photobucket

Largest Gun Used in Action

In 1936, Adolph Hitler asked artillery-maker Gustav Krupp whether he could build an artillery piece to defeat the new French Maginot Line. Krupp's suggestion: a giant cannon with an 80-cm (31-inch) caliber. Hitler ordered two.

Named Gustav and Dora, after Krupp and his wife, each 1350-ton cannon required its own train to move it and took three days to assemble. They could fire concrete-piercing shells weighing seven tons—as much as a bus—over 25 miles. The huge cannons arrived too late for the war against France, but Gustav devastated Sevastopol in the then-USSR during the siege, firing up to 14 rounds a day. Both guns were broken up at the end of WWII.

Photobucket

Largest Gun on a Battleship

Japanese monster battleships Yamato and Musashi were fitted with nine 18.1-inch guns apiece, making them the most powerful artillery afloat. But though these guns had an effective range of some 26 miles, they were of little use in real combat. By the time they launched at the start of World War II, aircraft carriers had begun to eclipse battleships.

The Yamato once did get close enough to engage U.S. warships at the battle of Leyte Gulf, but submarine and aircraft attacks forced its retreat. Bombs and torpedoes sunk both ships.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous; Science; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: artillery; banglist; bigguns; boom; cannon; guns; gunsandammo; kaboom; weaponsofwar
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-46 next last
See the rest of the list at the Popular Mechanics link provided ...
1 posted on 05/24/2012 7:30:43 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: DogByte6RER
MY VOTE FOR THE BADDEST DANG GUN! Photobucket
2 posted on 05/24/2012 7:35:00 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Huskrrrr

Oh yes ... I first saw this in a documentary in the 1990s called Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie

This was test fired at the Nevada Proving Ground in the 1950s with the M65 Atomic Cannon; Operation Upshot Knothole Grable

Thanks for adding this. It should be #1 on the PM list.


3 posted on 05/24/2012 7:44:48 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: DogByte6RER

I dig the Punt Gun!


4 posted on 05/24/2012 7:45:32 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DogByte6RER

What? No mention of the Sultan’s cannon used to break down the walls of Constantinople?

I remember seeing drawings of large monster cannon used in Europe in the 1400s.


5 posted on 05/24/2012 7:51:35 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Huskrrrr
The baddest of the bad , many an ass whipping for the use of this little weapon .

The pea or spit-ball shooter

6 posted on 05/24/2012 7:52:43 PM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: DogByte6RER

Stuck at page 4...


7 posted on 05/24/2012 8:07:14 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MileHi

The gun on the A10 is a winner.


8 posted on 05/24/2012 8:13:12 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Would you rather eat dog food or cat food? Guess it's Romney 2012.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: DogByte6RER

The Yamoto class had big guns, but they were vastly inferior in fire control to American systems.

The Iowa class used the Mark 13 Fire Control suite. The system was insanely ahead of it’s time. It had a 3cm wavelength to Yamatos 10cm, and almost 25 times the power output.

Iowa had better speed(27 vs 33+ knots), adequate armor, highly-effective guns, and excellent fire control.

Yamoto had unreliable shells and brittle steel armor.


9 posted on 05/24/2012 8:30:16 PM PDT by moonshot925
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

Ah, good choice. Don’t know why the site was stuck at page 4...


10 posted on 05/24/2012 8:40:28 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: DogByte6RER
The .600 Nitro Express handgun. Everyone should have at least one.

That recoil doesn't look "manageable" to me. It looks like it tried to split the shooter's head in two.

11 posted on 05/24/2012 8:42:26 PM PDT by FlyVet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: moonshot925

12 posted on 05/24/2012 8:43:19 PM PDT by moonshot925
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Huskrrrr

The Atomic Cannon is/was at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, MD. I last saw it about 8 years ago. Very impressive. I tried to bring it home but it wouldn’t fit in my van. Damned. There went my plans for urban renewal.

One of the German railroad siege guns was also there.


13 posted on 05/24/2012 8:59:00 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Huskrrrr
Definatly a favorite. Definatly.
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

14 posted on 05/24/2012 9:03:53 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: piroque

Spitballs. I once nailed a couple kids in high school during a food fight. Got the first between the eyes. The second opened his mouth and I got his upper left broad tooth.

The stealth spitballer strikes again!


15 posted on 05/24/2012 9:04:49 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

16 posted on 05/24/2012 9:08:56 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: moonshot925

Biggest baddest guns were the 16”ers on the Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin and New Jersey.

My uncle was a signalman on the Missouri when the Japs signed.


17 posted on 05/24/2012 9:24:02 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

The A-10 Thunderbolt II was actually designed around its cannon. The GAU-8 Avenger. It fires over 3,000 30×173 mm rounds a minute.


18 posted on 05/24/2012 9:25:26 PM PDT by moonshot925
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: DogByte6RER
The Davy Crockett had a range of 2-1/2 miles, with a yield equal to about 18 tons of high explosives. Contrary to myth, the crew were indeed outside the danger zone.

Sure hate to have a fizzle launch that dropped short.

19 posted on 05/24/2012 9:38:38 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Clint N. Suhks

They were great ships. The last true class of battleship.


20 posted on 05/24/2012 9:45:39 PM PDT by moonshot925
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-46 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson