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Spitfire Armament Comparison 2 months 2 weeks ago #1

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Hi all,
So with the evolution of the Spitfire throughout the war, the armament got progressively heavier, and whilst I always read about 20mm cannon, I never really appreciated how big a difference that was from the original .303 machine gun. So here's the picture that explained it to me in a very clear fashion!

That's me sitting in the cockpit of a MkXIV Spitfire and holding rounds from the 303, and the 20mm. Now I appreciate exactly how much difference there was between the hitting power of each!
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Spitfire Armament Comparison 2 months 2 weeks ago #2

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Great Pic!

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Spitfire Armament Comparison 2 months 2 weeks ago #3

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Very cool pic! Scary to think what they would do to people though :(

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Spitfire Armament Comparison 2 months 2 weeks ago #4

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Nice pic T. It reminds me of a comment by Typhoon pilot Geoff Hadley... "machine guns just cause damage, but you hit something with a cannon, nine times out of ten it's gonna blow up!" :evil:

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Spitfire Armament Comparison 2 months 2 weeks ago #5

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That is an awesome picture! great comparison. i've not sat in a spit but i sat in the Hurricane (the real one) at Omaka and i did think,... man those MG FF cannons would have made a real mess of this ! to echo Terry's comment!

I also got thrown a spent 20mm shell which had gotten jammed in one our A-4's some where when i was on a live and work at Ohakea as a cadet. Some of the best two weeks of my life, still got it some where. I remember being horrified at the size, having only ever shot.22 at that point.

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Spitfire Armament Comparison 2 months 2 weeks ago #6

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Cool pic and comparison.
Scary for sure to think what damage these bad boys did.

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Spitfire Armament Comparison 2 months 2 weeks ago #7

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Found this online



Look at that MK103 30mm :blink:
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Holy Crap! There is some lead there! It makes it easier to understand why they only required short bursts to inflict damage!

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Nice find Andrew...like you said..that 30mm, scary!

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Spitfire Armament Comparison 2 months 2 weeks ago #10

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Now imagine something the size of the Mk103 coming at you at nearly 4000 rounds per minute (or a sobering 65 rounds per second)!

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In keeping with escalating this topic it's worth mentioning the TseTse (Mosquito Mk.XVIII). Armed with a Molins 6 pounder (57mm) that could fire up to 55 rounds a minute, and very good at making holes in u-boats or tearing an engine off a Ju88 with a single round (4 rounds shot), I give you TseTse pilot F/L Brian Beattie in his sitting room with a 57mm round in his lap with a 20mm for comparison!

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Spitfire Armament Comparison 2 months 2 weeks ago #12

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It may have a cyclic fire rate of 4000 rpm but the mags only hold 1400 ish rounds so enough for about 20 seconds of sustained fire, which admittedly is more than enough to give you a bad day. :)

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Spitfire Armament Comparison 2 months 2 weeks ago #13

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Given that a single round is going to give you a 'migraine' you'll never get rid of, even being a second on the receiving edge is going to seriously fv<k up your day.

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