8 cm Feldkanone M. 99

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8 cm Feldkanone M. 99
Type Field gun
Place of origin Austria-Hungary
Service history
In service 1901-1918
Used by Austria-Hungary
Wars World War I
Production history
Designed 1899-1901
Specifications
Weight 915 kilograms (2,017 lb)
(w/o equipment)
Barrel length 2.142 metres (7 ft) L/28

Shell separate-loading, bagged charge
Caliber 76.5 mm (3.01 in)
Breech eccentric interrupted-screw
Carriage box trail
Traverse none
Rate of fire 6-8 rpm
Muzzle velocity 500 m/s (1,600 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 8,000 metres (8,700 yd)

The 8 cm Feldkanone M. 99 was a field gun used by Austria-Hungary in World War I. It was designed in a rush because Austria's neighbors had already begun the process of modernizing their artillery. The designers whatever improvements they could be made without delaying development. For example various hydraulic recoil systems were evaluated, but ultimately rejected as they required more development time than was available. So the M. 99 retained the bronze barrel of its predecessor, but used an eccentric interrupted-screw breech to speed up its rate of fire, and adopted the carriage of the 9 cm Feldkanone M 75/96 with some minor changes, including improvements to the spade brake to reduce recoil forces.

References[edit]

  • Ortner, M. Christian. The Austro-Hungarian Artillery From 1867 to 1918: Technology, Organization, and Tactics. Vienna, Verlag Militaria, 2007 ISBN 978-3-902526-13-7