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Main Armament

The Mark 7 gun is the main armament on the Iowa class ships and fires two kind of rounds; a 2,700-pound AP (Armor Piercing) and a 1,900-pound HC (High Capacity) shore bombardment projectile. They are called 3-gun turrets as opposed to triple turrets, because each gun is mounted on its own elevation drive. Two turrets are located forward and one aft.


Powder bags 16-inch guns are known as "bag guns" because the propellant charge is contained in bags which are loaded separately from the projectiles. The bags are filled with stacks of pellets which, when ignited by a small pad containing black powder, propels the projectile forward.

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Illustrations, research and design by SHELDON SNEED
Design, research, and montage by JEF DAUBER




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