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Old 04-08-2011, 10:26 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Did you lay the round on something for the 105? Like did the breech slide open horizontally? The 120 has a breech block that slides up and down.

The 120 round casing is combustible except for the very last 3 inches (aft cap) or so that got ejected into the turret. Obviously red hot aft caps contacting a combustible 120mm tank shell didnt turn out well for the crew so they were stored behind balistic doors. Before a round was fired the door had to be closed which axed the practice of lap loading. The door was hydraulically controlled by a knee switch and took about 4 seconds to open fully. You could grab a round in the sweet spot after about 1 second though. I'd have loved to see this vacuum loading!

As for the vacuum in a turret I've seen what sabot rounds going a mile a second do to people inside a turret. Sucks em right out that 3 inch hole. Well most of them anyway...
Originally Posted by BigOldSkool View Post
Mcb.... if it isn't modded, whored, lusted over or covered in mayo.... then that gun does not exist.
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