ARMY & NAVY: Kickless Cannon


At Fort Banning last week a corporal picked up a 57-mm. cannon (which ordinarily weighs 3,000 lbs.), and aimed it as casually as a shotgun. He fired a 2¼-lb. projectile (more than 2 in. in diameter) which demolished a cordwood target 800 yards away. The weight of this cannon: 45 Ibs. There was not enough recoil "to move the skin on my shoulder."

This cannon was the most revolutionary development in artillery since the rifled field pieces of the Civil War, although the recoilless principle was not new; the Germans tried out...

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