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Hunde_3.JG51
05-07-2005, 09:58 AM
I was wondering, the FW-190 had heated guns and ammo chutes via ducting for the cowling and outter wing cannons, but not for the inner wing root guns because of its proximity to the engine.

Was this (gun warming) common on most aircraft? Thanks in advance for any information provided.

p1ngu666
05-07-2005, 12:26 PM
was on most raf planes i think.

think the 303's used on lancs wherent heated and worked ok

things get really cold tho, especialy if u factor in wind chill http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

1.JaVA_Razer
05-07-2005, 12:55 PM
I think it was because @ higher alts teh barrels or something would shink moree then the bullets thus making the gun useless/ unusable

and not heated near the engine, that explains itsself to me.

Hot engine fumes ....

Hunde_3.JG51
05-07-2005, 02:54 PM
Thanks for the replies.

I realize the guns next to the engine were not heated because the heat generated by the engine made it unnecessary. I just was wondering if most WWII aircraft of the period had a system for keeping guns warmed. Sorry for the poor wording of the original question. Fixed.

FI_Willie
05-07-2005, 06:12 PM
I suspect the guns were heated to prevent the oil/grease from becoming rock solid at sub zero temps.

If that happened the gun would be useless weight in the plane and no value whatsoever.

A recently deceased uncle who was at "bloody" Chosin told of M1's and BAR's freezing up due to the cold temps.

p1ngu666
05-07-2005, 07:19 PM
Originally posted by FI_Willie:
I suspect the guns were heated to prevent the oil/grease from becoming rock solid at sub zero temps.

If that happened the gun would be useless weight in the plane and no value whatsoever.

A recently deceased uncle who was at "bloody" Chosin told of M1's and BAR's freezing up due to the cold temps.

ya, need russian guns http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

hunde i think i might have a lil titbit on spitfire gunheat problems (fixed before combat started, i think)

TAGERT.
05-07-2005, 07:23 PM
Originally posted by Hunde_3.JG51:
Was this (gun warming) common on most aircraft? Thanks in advance for any information provided. Leadspitter didnt think so.. Because Carson said the .50s had heaters.. Leadspitter said Carson was wrong.. But Leadspitter also said Carson was wrong about the 50 cals firing async of each other.. As for heaters, havok gave me this cool link

http://www.collectorssource.com/category.asp?catid=9

http://www.collectorssource.com/images/50%20cal%20heater.jpg

p1ngu666
05-07-2005, 08:54 PM
http://premium1.uploadit.org/pingu666///SIMG6756.JPG

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Hydra444
05-07-2005, 09:41 PM
Could someone take the scanner away from pingu.LOL He did the samething to me when I asked about Spitfires in Russia LMAO http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Hunde_3.JG51
05-07-2005, 11:45 PM
Thanks for the information, good stuff.

Man, I didn't know Mitchell was only 42 when he died. I would imagine he never even had the opportunity to realize the importance of his creation http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif.