M1906 4.7-Inch Gun - Field Artillery Museum - Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Posted by: gparkes
N 34° 39.943 W 098° 23.111
14S E 556330 N 3836145
Quick Description: The Field Artillery Museum located at Fort Sill in Oklahoma has a lot of very interesting items just waiting to be discovered by you.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 8/9/2010 2:35:15 PM
Waymark Code: WM9ECW
An information card near this cannon reads:
M1906 4.7-Inch Gun
This was the heavy field gun of the U.S. field artillery at the beginning of World War I. Only sixty guns were available at the time, far fewer than would be necessary to support the planned gigantic American Army. A total of only 48 arrived in France during the war. Ammunition was the primary problem with use of the M1906 in the war because the Allies did not use any 4.7-inch ammunition. This meant that every round had to be shipped across the Atlantic. An additional 320 carriages and 149 guns were manufactured by the end of the war.
Weight: 8,783 lbs.
Gun length: 129 inches
Elevation: +15 degrees
Traverse: 4 degrees
Shell: 45 lbs.
Muzzle Velocity: 1,700 feet per second
Maximum Range: 9,025 yards
Admission is free, and access to Fort Sill can be done through the visitor's gate. Be sure to have your license, registration and proof of insurance available, because you are almost certain to be asked for. From the gate, you can ask for direction. At you first stop, you can get a map of important sites on the base. Be sure to go to plan additional time to go to the Indian Cemeteries. There you will find the graves of different Indian Tribes, including Geranimo. There are many sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, from the old fort, cemeteries, and aviation related locations. Fort Sill can easily be a place to visit for a couple hours, or for the entire day.