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1942 Ordnance QF 6-pounder 7cwt

The Ordnance Quick-Firing 6-pounder 7 cwt, or just 6 pounder, was a British 57 mm gun, their primary anti-tank gun during the middle of World War II, as well as the main armament for a number of armoured fighting vehicles. It was first used in North Africa in April 1942, and quickly replaced the 2 pounder in the anti-tank role, allowing the 25 pounder to revert to its intended artillery role. The United States Army also adopted the 6 pdr as their primary anti-tank gun under the designation 57 mm Gun M1.

Designed - 1940
Produced - 1941–1945
Weight - 2,520 lb (1,140 kg)
Barrel length Mk II, III: 8 ft 4 in (2.54 m) 43 calibres
Mk IV, V and M1: 50 calibres
Crew - 6
Shell - 57×441 mm. R
Calibre - 2.24 in (57 mm)
Breech - vertical sliding block
Carriage - split trail
Elevation -5° to +15°
Traverse - 90°
Muzzle velocity - See ammunition table
Effective firing range - 1,650 yd (1,510 m)
Maximum firing range - 5,000 yd (4,600 m)
Sights - No.22c

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