Originally used as secondary weapons on ships of the late 19th century. In the 1930s guns removed from scrapped warships were reused on auxiliary ships.
Construction was built-up with a screw breech.
|Designation||138.6 mm/45 (5.46") Models 1884, 1888, 1891 and 1893|
|Ship Class Used On||Charles Martel, Carnot, Jauréguiberry, Masséna, Bouvet and Charlemagne classes|
|Date Of Design||1888 / 1891 / 1893|
|Date In Service||about 1890 / 1895 / 1897|
|Gun Weight||about 4 tons (4.1 mt)|
|Gun Length oa||N/A|
|Bore Length||about 272.7 in (6.927 m)|
|Rate Of Fire||about 4 rounds per minute|
|Projectile Types and Weights||AP: 80.5 lbs. (36.5 kg)
HE: 69.4 lbs. (31.5 kg)
|Muzzle Velocity||AP: 2,379 fps (725 mps)
HE: 2,510 fps (765 mps)
|Approximate Barrel Life||N/A|
|Ammunition stowage per gun||N/A|
- "Navy and Army Illustrated Annuals, Volume VI - 1898"
- "Naval Weapons of World War Two" by John Campbell
- 06 April 2006
- 28 March 2012
- Updated to latest template