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Chris_DB3 #1 Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:52 PM


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I noticed that big guns on tanks, artillery cannons(not the ones in game), anti-tanks have a short wider part at the tip of the gun/cannon. One of the effect is that the expanded gases exhaust sideways, but what is the real purpose of those tips? Do they have any effect on, say, speed of the shell?
Here is a picture with the effect I just described.

MyCom_Spitfire_ #2 Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:57 PM

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think its just to let the gas escape faster and not clog up the barrel/go into the turret :/

Cossack_PL #3 Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:06 PM


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It's called "Muzzle brake". It generates the higher muzzle velocity. On the other hand, muzzle smoke is bigger. I heard it's reflected in WoT as muzzle brake makes you more visible when shooting, but not sure.

theta0123 #4 Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:21 PM


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A muzzle break reduces the recoil by re-directing the gas upwards and/or sidewards. It also reduces muzzle "Rise"

The_Challenger #5 Posted 01 April 2012 - 11:19 PM


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Good points and a book could be written (and probably has !) on the subject of " Muzzle breaks."

The effect is relatively straightforward like mentioned- the Muzzle brake has the effect of re-directing the propellant gases, those gases produced when a projectile is fired.
This in turn helps to counter the effect of "Muzzle rise" and allows for quicker re-laying back onto the target.

An important issue in Tank design was that it also reduced the amount of wear on the barrel therefore prolonging the life of the main armament and also allowed it to be constructed of lighter material .

One of the major disadvantages was that it has the effect of producing a lot of dust/smoke upon firing.

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Chris_DB3 #6 Posted 01 April 2012 - 11:50 PM


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Aa .. of course, gases hitting the muzzle break reduces recoil balancing the gun faster, makes sense. Though, as you said, the disadvantage is the smoke cloud,


A serious tactical disadvantage of muzzle brakes on both small arms and artillery is that, depending on their designs, they may cause escaping gases to throw up dust and debris clouds that impair visibility and reveal one's position, not to mention posing a hazard to individuals without eye protection.

At first I googled "tip of artillery gun" and couldn't find anything, but then when I found out it's called muzzle break (I had no idea that the tip of the gun is called muzzle, :P), google became more friendly :D.

Thanks for explanations!

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