ACCPAK020 - 6 Pounder 7 Cwt


ACC PACK020; The Ordnance Quick-Firing 6-pounder 7 cwt, or just 6 pounder, was a British 57 mm gun, serving as a primary anti-tank gun of the British Army during World War II, as well as the main armament for a number of armoured fighting vehicles. Although planned before the start of WW2 It did not reach service until the North African campaign in April 1942. This was in part due to the urgent need for re-equipping the British army after Dunkirk with anti-tank weapons, it was estimated that 600 x 2 pounders could be manufactured for 100 x 6 pounders, this and delays with the carriage design meant production with the 2 pounder carried on as an interim measure. However once introduced it quickly replaced the obsolete 2 pounder in the anti-tank role, allowing the 25 pounder gun to revert to its intended indirect artillery role. Unlike the 2-pounder, the new gun was mounted on a conventional two-wheeled split trail carriage. The first mass production variant he Mk II differed from the pre-production Mk I in having a shorter L/43 barrel, because of a shortage of suitable lathes. The subsequent Mk IV was fitted with a L/50 barrel, with muzzle brake. Optional side shields were issued to give the crew better protection, but were apparently rarely used. The United States Army also adopted the 6 pounder as their primary anti-tank gun under the designation 57 mm Gun M1. The idea of manufacturing the 6 pounder in the US was expressed by the US Army Ordnance in February 1941. At that time, the US Army still favoured the 37mm Gun M3 and production was planned solely for lend lease. The US version, classified as substitute standard under the designation 57 mm Gun M1, was based on the 6 pounder Mark II, two units of which were received from the UK. However, since there was sufficient lathe capacity in the USA, the longer barrel variant could be produced from the start. Production started early in 1942 and continued until 1945. The M1A1 variant used US "Combat" tyres and wheels. The M1A2 introduced the British practice of free traverse, meaning that the gun could be traversed by the crew pushing and pulling on the breech, instead of solely geared traverse, from September 1942. The M1 was made standard issue in the Spring of 1943. Our version of the 6 Pounder comes with 2 boxes as per the pictures and 3 different shell types and is priced at $89.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 06 December, 2017.

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