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Nordenfelt Tables (Metric)

This page give selected tablulated data of the main Nordenfelt guns used by the Royal Navy in the 1800s. For more information see references [N1] gunnery Manual 1885, the Maniual of the 1 inch Nordenfelt [N2] or Nordenfelts own sales brochure, [N3].

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1 inch 4-barrel gun

1 inch 2 barrel gun

0.45 inch 5-barrel gun

6 pdr Quick Firing gun

Ammunition

Tables

Gallery

Barrels

Weight of gun

Extreme length

Width across trunnions

Hoppers

No.

Length

Handle

Cartridges in column

Total cartridges on gun

Upper

Lower

Forward

Back

Weight empty

Weight filled

Weight Empty

Weight filled

cm

kg

cm

cm

cm

kg

kg

kg

kg

1

66

5.9

91

94

5

15

30

1.13

1.95

1.32

2.13

2

66

16.3

100

112

14.5

15

60

1.36

3.0

2.27

3.90

3

66

25.4

100

112

18

13

78

2.04

4.17

3.04

5.26

5

66

54.4

105

114

24

10

100

2.27

5.00

3.86

6.58

7

66

62.6

105

114

24

10

140

2.40

7.21

5.90

9.71

10

81-94

105.2

123 - 136

132-145

47

10

200

5.00

10.43

8.16

13.61

12

127

47

10

240

5.90

12.43

9.07

15.60

Table showing Dimensions and Particulars of Nordenfelt Rifle-calibre Machine Guns [N3]

Barrels

Weight of gun

Rifling

Extreme length

Width across trunnions

Hoppers

No.

Length

Nature

No. of grooves

Twist in calibres

Handle forward

Handle back

Cartridges per column

Weight Empty

Weight filled

cm

lbs

cm

cm

cm

kg

kg

2

90 and 108

56.2

Increasing

11

1 in 30

128 and 146

143 and 164

10

10

9.1

15.4

4

193.0

Uniform

11

1 in 35

145

165

20.1

10

9.1

21.8

5

238.6

Uniform

11

1 in 35

145

165

20.1

10

10.0

25.9

4 (m)

117

228.6

Increasing

11

1 in 20

175

194

22

10

10.0

22.7

1 (h)

154

101.6

"

11

1 in 30

169

194

6.5

None

None

None

2 (h)

154

228.6

"

11

1 in 30

195

205

18.4

10

10.9

22.7

Table showing Dimensions and Particulars of 1" Nordenfelt Machine Guns [N3]

In addition to the 1" anti-torpedo boat guns described in this web site, Nordenfelt also designed a number of heavier versions that fired more powerful ammunition. He produced a medium version of the 4-barrel 1 inch machine gun and heavy one- and two-barrel guns, and these are indicated in the table by the suffixes (m) and (h). [N3], 1884

Bullet

Weight

Cartridge

Description

Weight

Length

Powder charge

cartridge case

Length

Weight

gm

cm

gm

gm

cm

gm

Anti-torpedo boat gun

204

6.78

44

71

12.7

319

Medium gun

255

7.75

85

106

14.6

446

Heavy single-barrel gun

276

8.64

156

128

17.27

560

Gun

Muzzle

300 yards (274m)

500 yards (457m)

1000 yards (914m)

1500 yards (1372m)

2000 yards (1829m)

Velocity

Energy

Velocity

Energy

Velocity

Energy

Velocity

Energy

Velocity

Energy

Velocity

Energy

m/sec

kg-ms

m/sec

kg-ms

m/sec

kg-ms

m/sec

kg-ms

m/sec

kg-ms

m/sec

kg-ms

Anti-Torpedo boat gun

472

2322

355

1309

309

994

247

634

203

429

166

288

Heavy single-barrel gun

613

5281

499

3503

432

2629

316

1408

265

989

228

731

Barrels

Weight of gun

Rifling

Extreme length

Width across trunnions

No.

Calibre (weight of common shell)

Extreme length

Nature

No. of grooves

Twist in calibres

Handle - forward

Handle - backwards

mm

cm

kg

cm

cm

cm

1 L

32 (403 gm)

114

50.8

Uniform

10

1 in 30

131

165

20.3

2 L

32 (403 gm)

114

203.2

Uniform

10

1 in 30

131

143

46.4

1 H

32 (567gm)

152

81.2

Increasing

10

1 in 27

168

193

18.8

1 M

38

84

71.2

Increasing

12

1 in 30

102

127

20.8

1 L

38 (626 gm)

119

81.2

Uniform

12

1 in 30

136

161

20.8

2 L

38 (626 gm)

119

254

Uniform

12

1 in 30

165

185

40.6

1 M

38 (626 gm)

124

131.5

Increasing

12

1 in 26

145

170

27.4

1 H

38 (794 gm)

155

117

Increasing

12

1 in 26

173

189

29.0

The guns are divided into three categories - L Light, H Heavy and M Mountain guns. Mountain guns could be broken down into loads that can be carried by a mule (maximum 90 kg), one mule carrying the gun and cross head, a second the trail and wheels, while others carry the ammunition.

Barrels

Weight of gun

Rifling

Extreme length

Width across trunnions

No.

Calibre (weight of common shell)

Extreme length

Nature

No. of grooves

Twist in calibres

Handle - forward

Handle - backwards

mm

cm

kg

cm

cm

cm

1 M

42 (1.13 kg)

129.5

86.2

Uniform

12

1 in 30

147

167

19.7

1

42 (1.13 kg)

152

152.4

Increasing

15

1 in 27

172

187

27.7

1 L

47 (1.36 kg)

132

162.4

"

16

1 in 27

150

170

24.4

1 H

47 (1.36 kg)

200.5

264

"

16

1 in 36

226

246

59.9

1

51 (2.27 kg)

167.5

304.8

"

17

1 in 35

194

220

33.5

1

56 (2.72 kg)

200.5

279.4

"

18

1 in 26

226

249

32.0

1

62 (3.18 kg)

211

355.6

"

22

1 in 27

233

256

34.3

Table giving dimensions and particulars of Nordenfelt heavy shell guns. The guns are divided into three categories - L Light, H Heavy and M Mountain guns. Mountain guns could be broken down into loads that can be carried by a mule (maximum 90 kg), one mule carrying the gun and cross head, a second the trail and wheels, while others carry the ammunition.

Table indicating the various 1 inch cartridges and projectiles [N3]

Performance of 1 inch solid bullets [N3] (corrected)

Characteristics of Nordenfelt Light Single-Barrel Shell Guns [n3]

Characteristics of Nordenfelt Heavy Single-Barrel Shell Guns [N3]

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