13.2 mm (0.5") Model 1929
A Hotchkiss design widely used as AA MG in twin and quadruple mountings on French warships of the 1930s and 1940s.
This weapon was intended to provide close-range defense against aircraft. Like their counterparts in other nations, these small-caliber guns were incapable of defense against either torpedo-bomber or high-level bomber attacks as the bullets they fired were too light and too short ranged to be effective. Ships refitted in Allied ports had these guns replaced with 20 mm Oerlikons.
This gun formed the basis for the Japanese 13 mm and 25 mm AA guns of World War II.
|Designation||13.2 mm/76 (0.52") Model 1929|
|Ship Class Used On||Most warships of 1930s - 1940s|
|Date Of Design||about 1930|
|Date In Service||about 1935|
|Gun Weight||66 lbs. (30 kg)|
|Gun Length oa||N/A|
|Bore Length||39.5 in (1.003 m)|
|Rate Of Fire||Cyclic: 450 rounds per minute
Practical: about 200 - 250 rounds per minute
|Weight of Complete Round||4.3 oz (122 g)|
|Projectile Types and Weights||Bullet: 1.8 oz (51 g)|
|Bursting Charge||Solid bullet|
|Cartridge||0.51 x 3.9 in (13.2 x 99 mm)|
|Muzzle Velocity||2,592 - 2,625 fps (790 - 800 mps)|
|Approximate Barrel Life||N/A|
|Ammunition stowage per gun 1||Dunkerque: About 3,000 rounds
- ^Used a 30-round magazine.
|45 degrees||7,850 yards (7,200 m)|
|AA Ceiling||13,780 feet (4,200 m)|
|Designation||Twin Mounts: CAD Mle 1929
Quad Mounts: CAQ Mle 1929
Quad: 1.14 tons (1.16 mt)
|Elevation||-10 / +90 degrees|
|Elevation Rate||Manually operated, only|
|Train Rate||Manually operated, only|
Single mounts were also contemplated, but apparently not put into production.
"Naval Weapons of World War Two" by John Campbell
"Battleships: Allied Battleships in World War II" by W.H. Garzke, Jr. and R.O. Dulin, Jr.
"French Battleships: 1922 - 1956" by John Jordan and Robert Dumas
14 August 2008 - Benchmark
28 November 2009 - Added information on gun and mounting weights
15 December 2013 - Added photograph of guns on a Free French destroyer
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