QF 2-pounder naval gun

The 2-pounder gun, officially designated the QF 2-pounder (QF denoting "quick firing") and universally known as the pom-pom, was a 40-millimetre (1.6 in) British autocannon, used famously as an anti-aircraft gun by the Royal Navy. The name came from the sound that the original models make when firing. This QF 2-pounder was not the same gun as the Ordnance QF 2 pounder, used by the British Army as an anti-tank gun and a tank gun; they shared only the projectile weight of 2 pounds.

QF 2-pounder naval gun
Class Vehicle
Type Towed Artillery
Manufacturer Vickers-Armstrongs
Origin United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain)
Country Name Origin Year
United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain) 1915
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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Type Autocannon
Place of origin United Kingdom
Service history
In service 1915–1940s (Mk II)
1930–1940s (Mk VIII)
Used by British Empire
Russian Empire
Kingdom of Italy
Wars World War I
World War II
Production history
Designer Vickers Armstrongs
Designed 1915 (Mk II)
1923 (Mk VIII)
Variants Low-velocity (LV) & high-velocity (HV),
RHI, LHI, RHO, LHO for multiple mountings,
Type 91 HI Shiki (Japanese)
Specifications (Mk.VIII HV)
Weight 850 lb (390 kg)
Length 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
Shell 40 × 158R
Calibre 40-millimetre (1.6 in)
Barrels 1, 4 or 8
Rate of fire 115 rpm
Muzzle velocity new gun: 732 m/s (2,400 ft/s)
worn gun: 701 m/s (2,300 ft/s)
Effective firing range 3,960 m (13,300 ft) A/A ceiling
Maximum firing range 6,220 m (6,800 yd) at 701 m/s (2,300 ft/s)
Feed system 14-round steel-link belt
Filling weight 71 g (2.5 oz)

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