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"ACW 12-pounder Napoleon versus M113" Topic

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Blutarski24 Apr 2018 11:54 a.m. PST

Go here -
YouTube link
- to witness the effect of a 12-pounder Napoleon firing shell against an M113 range target (hint – I would NOT want to be in that M113).

Outstanding video.


Bill N24 Apr 2018 12:02 p.m. PST


14Bore24 Apr 2018 12:18 p.m. PST

That was what I imagine it would be like. Awesome video.

jdginaz24 Apr 2018 3:46 p.m. PST

Correction, 12 pdr Napoleon vs. the remains of a M113 that has been used as a target vehicle.

GROSSMAN24 Apr 2018 3:51 p.m. PST


jowady24 Apr 2018 5:25 p.m. PST

Not an M113, its an M114. Some of the shots are not from a Napoleon and to be honest I'm not sure that I see any substantial damage inflicted on the target.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2018 7:05 p.m. PST

The second gun was a 12# Howitzer. They are firing a modern explosive projectile and not solid shot, shrapnel, or cannister which would have been histoically correct.

Another point is how inaccurate the guns are firing from a prepared position at a static target. You almost get the impression the hits were scored more from luck than competency of the gun crew.

14Bore25 Apr 2018 11:53 a.m. PST

A 12pdr Napoleon firing even a solid ball at a modern APC is going to rock it even if not penetrating it. Would guess a 3" rifle would have a better chance of penetration. Looked like a lot of shots with time outs between I thought.

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