This is M242 25mm Bushmaster Auto Cannon

This is M242 25mm Bushmaster Auto Cannon

Is perhaps best cannon in world in caliber class of 25mm. It fire several different type round. HEAT round, HEDP High Explosive Dual Purpose round, Solid shot in Tungsten, Titanium, Deplete Uranium. It also fire Sabot Discarding Fin Stabilize AP round. Muzzle velocity vary upon type of round and propellant used, but is anywhere form 950 to 1350 meter per second. Have maximum range of 6800 meter! Note fluted barrel to help keep barrel cool and cut down on mass and weight yet still make barrel stronger than if just round and not fluted. This model have single round fire mode. It also have adjustable firing mode from 5 round per minute to 200 round per minute, but later models have rates of fire from 950 round per minute to 1150 round per minute. Some information about this most very excellent weapon that is found on site at Wikipedia is not accurate. Always check information from Wikipedia because things like statistics information often not correct.
This weapon also have unique ability for big auto cannon in that it so accurate it can be used and has been used as dual purpose anti-materiel sniper rifle and even as anti-personnel sniper rifle at ranges out to 22,000 feet! This is just over 4 miles. So have non line of sight range and in hilly area has over the horizon range and so must have forward spotter with matching GPS up link to up link on gun. This dual GPS system works and kills have been made at maximum range as anti-personnel weapon.
Sniping however is not main purpose of this weapon. Main purpose of the weapon is to kill other IAVs or APCs and small bunkers or reinforced buildings, and can use fragmentation air burts round for anti-personnel weapon, but only in versions of 30mm and 35mm. The fragmentation air-bursting round for the 25mm such as the one show in picture has not yet been perfected and so has not yet been issued to troops in the field. It does have a built in flash suppressor system and even a noise suppression system is available as a kit that can be installed by a qualified mechanical engineer or weaponsmith.
This artical is by LittleDragon with grammar and spelling and sentence construction assistance from younger brother Ryu kun.
Here is a copy of the URL at Wikepedia, but please do not forget warning about accuracy of information at Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M242_Bushmaster The accuracy of this article has been checked by the father of LittleDragon, IronKoji.

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7 years 1 week ago, 7:50 PM

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Great picture and very good artical by you and your brother Ryu kun.

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7 years 1 week ago, 7:52 PM

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Good Info LitteDragon. I would hate to see what was left of a personl taken out by this cannon, if anything would be left at all.

7 years 1 week ago, 8:37 PM

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that is a power full...reminder to our enemies to think twice before they push.

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No, you don't want to see the person afterwards. LOL! Trust me!

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7 years 1 week ago, 9:42 PM

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I used to be a BC( Bradley Commander) in 4ID at Ft. Hood, and great write up! I also love the 25mm , till I have to pull it to work on it, it weighs a ton and brad turrents are small. LOL! I have actually seen a Bradley Pick a spot on a building, fire 3 or 4 HE rounds at it, switch to AP and fire a few more. The AP rounds will pass the HE in-flight, punch a hole through the wall and let the HE in to clear the building. It was VERY impressive.

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7 years 1 week ago, 9:51 PM

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That is real cool. I don't know it can do that. Yes, I bet there is nothing left of someone after being hit with this.

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7 years 1 week ago, 9:58 PM

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Well not much left. And the thing about the brad is that the HE rounds have a parabolic trajectory, while the AP rounds are VERY straight and fast. The ballistics computer does almost all the work when in good shape, but can be manually over- ridden.

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7 years 1 week ago, 10:27 PM

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Hey, is this sucker legal in California? You could mount one of these at Point Loma in San Diego and whack whales all day long.

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7 years 1 week ago, 12:27 AM

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Arigato for extra comments about weapon. Is good reminder. One important detail that LittleDragon leave out is that all make and model of Bushmaster Auto Cannon have, is most very excellent dual feed system with left and right hand feeds, so cannon can be loaded with two different type rounds at same time such as the mix you mention AP rounds and HE rounds. Yes indeed AP rounds including Sabot and Solid Shot have very flat very fast trajectory. What you say about firing HE shots at spot on building, or other target and then follow with quick burst from other feed with AP rounds, the AP rounds will zoom past HE rounds and punch hole for HE rounds to follow through. Is most impressive neh? But it have another interesting capability and this is that it can fire off 100 rounds at 100 different trajectories so all 100 rounds will hit target at exact same time. This would be stupefying to troops hiding in burms or trenches or reinforce building and would obliterate a main battle tank. And you also very correct that firing solutions mostly come from computer and computer work very fast, but can be switch to manual mode by flick of single switch.

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Great write up! This is some good information. Ryu Kun did a nice job helping out with spelling and grammer. I look forward to more stuff like this.

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