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138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2021 8:18 a.m. PST

Recoil on guns is an issue.

Live fire at 900 yards

YouTube link

RudyNelson04 Jun 2021 8:25 a.m. PST

Foe several years, the fortress guns at Fort Morgan in Alabama at Mobile Bay were fired at targets near the fort. It was very impressive. I watched them do it on several occasions. The first time was when I was young in about 1965 then again a few years later.
I think environmentalist made them stop.
Very impressive. Thanks for posting the video.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2021 8:57 a.m. PST

Most impressive. Thanks for the link.

donlowry04 Jun 2021 9:27 a.m. PST

They didn't roll back as much as I expected, but I had not expected the barrels to move up and down in recoil like that.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2021 11:44 a.m. PST

Thank you. It is very interesting to see the difference in live round recoil compared to that of blanks used at the reenactments I've been part of.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2021 5:10 p.m. PST

The guns frequently did not recoil straight back, probably due to the lay of the land, but possibly due to manufacturing defects with the wheels and inconsistencies in the axles.
The point being that running the gun back into position for the next round wasn't easy and straightforward. You'd have to get it just so to be able to correct the next shot.
Bragg's battery at Buena Vista reputedly retired by recoil, but some effort must have been made to keep the guns in formation.
I can see why everybody thought so highly of the recoil system first used on the M1897 75mm gun.

Really interesting video! Thanks, 138SquadronRAF!


GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2021 8:02 a.m. PST

Appreciate the link being posted, and very interesting to see these being fired, thank you!

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