This is intended for people interested in the subject of military guns and their ammunition, with emphasis on automatic weapons.
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The date is now 27/5/22 on the Crowood website.
Looks possible. I'm about halfway through it, checking for errors and indexing .
I look forward to its arrival Tony.
On a related note, I hope you've been checking the 'Ukraine Weapons Thread,' theres been a couple fantastic 30mm Autocannon fights against both tanks and IFVs, which I figured you'd get a kick out of. I'm not sure the last time thats happened - 1991?
I must admit I've been focusing on getting the book sorted, with time only to glance through the forum to keep me more or less up to speed.
Completely understand. I'll try and compile the relevant AC action videos and send it to you in a PM when I get a chance.
Earliest publication date is now the end of July.
The Crowood site has the date for the hardback as 12/08/2022.
Crowood are now including some more images of the book: https://www.crowood.com/products/autocannon-by-anthony-g-williams
Tony, does the book cover the colt cr26 at all?
You know me I'm always on the lookout for anything I can get on Russell s Robinson and his work.
ony, does the book cover the colt cr26 at all? You know me I'm always on the lookout for anything I can get on Russell s Robinson and his work.
Yes, although I don't think that there will be anything that is new to you (sorry about the small font, it's the best I can do):
26MM COLT CR-26: 26 × 130 AMMUNITION.
Russell Robinson was a prolific Australian gun and ammunition designer most noted for a range of Constant Reaction guns which utilized floating firing, or differential recoil, to spread out the recoil impulses and make automatic weapons much more controllable. His work was nearly all focused on small arms of up to .50 calibre but he did design one cannon: the CR-26.
The CR-26 was developed in the late 1960s while Robinson was working at Colt and was intended (to quote from the brochure) to offer 30mm levels of performance with the dimensions and weight of a 20mm gun, and the trun- nion reaction (maximum recoil thrust) of a 0.50-inch MG. It was designed to be suitable for vehicle mounting, particularly in turrets, and featured recoil operation, delayed extraction and forward ejection in order to minimize the escape of gun gas from the breech. It would have been an interesting competitor in the Bushmaster programme, but by the time that reached the trial stage Robinson had left Colt and there was no-one to continue the development of the gun, of which only two were made.
The bare gun weighed 47kg, and 54kg complete with selectable dual feeder, power and manual chargers, and power and manual triggers. It was 201cm long with an L/64 barrel, and fired at 550rpm. The barrel reciprocated through 11.4cm; as the gun fired when the barrel was travelling forwards, this was said to be equivalent to 45cm long recoil when firing from rest. The peak trunnion reaction was stated to be less than 450kg.
(And the ammo):
26 × 130 COLT CR-26
This was a late 1960s project for a light AFV gun (the CR standing for Constant Reaction, a reference to the low-recoil operating mechanism), a role eventually filled by the Bushmaster M242 in 25 × 137. The greenish lacquered steel cases were made at Altdorf, the Swiss government ammunition factory, which Colt loaded with various projectiles for testing; aluminium alloy cases were also made, by General Impact Extrusion Ltd. of Canada. Two service loadings were developed: an HE weighing 195g (including 28g HE filler) and fired at 945m/s; and an APFSDS-T weighing 112g at 1,265m/s (penetrator weight 65g). Both had a maximum chamber pressure (piezo) of 345 MPa.
The AP projectile is often quoted as APDS but this is misleading; in the US at this time it was not unusual to refer to APFSDS as APDS. The stated penetrator length of 130mm and diameter of 6.35mm – an L/D ratio of 20:1 – clearly means this was APFSDS. Another APFSDS version examined had a length of 152mm and a diameter of 5.5mm, giving an L/D ratio of 27.5:1. Fin stabilisation was used, but the projectile was also spun by the rifling at 1,360 rps (1,040 rps for the HE-T). Penetration was stated to be 26.7mm/2,000m/60 degrees. Overall round length is 185mm and the weight of the APFSDS-T round is 258g with an aluminium alloy case and 380g with a drawn steel case: weights of the HE-T are 328g and 449g respectively.