Re: Late 40's to mid 50's military rail movements


Daniel A. Mitchell
 

I now believe you are correct. Early howitzers were often smooth bore, and fell somewhere between “guns” (rifled) and mortars (smoothbore). By WWII even the howitzers were rifled.

Dan Mitchell
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On Oct 17, 2021, at 4:17 PM, spsalso via groups.io <Edwardsutorik@...> wrote:

It is my impression that the barrel of the M115 (8" howitzer) is not a smooth bore, but rifled.

From TM 9-1300-203, page 2-143:

"The projectile [8-Inch: HE, M106] consists of...and a gilding metal rotating band."

If there is a rotating band on the ammunition, I think a rifled bore is implied.

Mortars are often smooth bore.


Ed

Edward Sutorik


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