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1905 - 3 Inch Field Gun - New London, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member gparkes
N 39° 35.157 W 091° 24.048
15S E 637331 N 4383024
Quick Description: This 1905 model 3-inch field gun is on display outside the Ralls County Courthouse.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 1/22/2009 9:02:26 PM
Waymark Code: WM5MRR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PTCrazy
Views: 13

Long Description:

Quoating from Wikipedia:

The M1902, a.k.a. M1905 3-inch gun (76.2mm) was the U.S. Army’s first steel, rifled, breech loading, recoiling field gun. These features improved the range, accuracy, and rate of fire of the gun, allowing it to be used more effectively in operations with infantry. These new capabilities allowed the gun to provide accurate indirect fire on targets not in a direct line of sight, which provided crucial firepower for infantry attacks. It was also one of the first artillery guns to have an armored shield to protect the crew from small arms fire.

General Pershing brought several of the guns with him during the Mexican Punitive Expedition in 1916-17 but they were not fired in combat.

The M1902/5 was used from 1905-1917. During World War I, the Army used the French 75s instead of the M1902s, which were mostly kept in the United States for training. Very few of the M1902s were used in combat in Europe. They were phased out of active service in the 1920s.

The gun fired 3 inches (76 mm) Shrapnel or Explosive Shells that weighed 15 Pounds[1]. It had a muzzle velocity of 1,700 ft/s (520 m/s) with an effective range of 6,500 yards (5,900 m), and a maximum range of 8,500 yards (7,800 m). The maximum rate of fire was 15 rounds per minute.

What type of artillery is this?: 1905 - 3 Inch Field Gun

Where is this artillery located?: Government building

What military of the world used this device?: United States Army

Date artillery was in use: 01/01/1905

Artillery is no longer operational: yes

Still may work: no

Date artillery was placed on display: Not listed

Parking location to view this Waymark: Not Listed

Cost?: Not Listed

Are there any geocaches at this location?: Not listed

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