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Nordenfelt Tables

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

inches

lbs

inches

inches

inches

lbs.

lbs.

lbs.

lbs.

1

26

13

36

37

2.0

15

30

2.5

4.3

2.9

4.7

2

26

36

39.5

44

5.75

15

60

3.0

6.6

5.0

8.6

3

26

56

39.5

44

7.0

13

78

4.5

9.2

6.7

12.4

5

26

120

41.5

45

9.5

10

100

5.0

11.0

8.5

14.5

7

26

138

41.5

45

9.5

10

140

7.5

15.9

13.0

21.4

10

32-37

232

48.5 - 53.5

52-57

18.5

10

200

11.0

23.0

18.0

30.0

12

280

18.5

10

240

13.0

27.4

20.0

34.4

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

inches

lbs

inches

inches

inches

lbs.

lbs.

2

35.5 and 42.6

124

Increasing

11

1 in 30

50.3 and 57.4

56.3 and 64.4

10

10

20

34

4

425.5

Uniform

11

1 in 35

57

65

20.1

10

20

48

5

526

Uniform

11

1 in 35

57

65

20.1

10

22

57

4 (m)

46

504

Increasing

11

1 in 20

69

76.5

22

10

22

50

1 (h)

60.5

224

"

11

1 in 30

66.7

76.5

6.5

None

None

None

2 (h)

60.5

504

"

11

1 in 30

76.8

80.8

18.4

10

24

50.0

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

oz.

inches

oz.

oz.

inches

oz.

Anti-torpedo boat gun

7.2

2.67

1.54

2.5

5.0

11.21

Medium gun

9.0

3.05

3.0

3.75

5.75

15.75

Heavy single-barrel gun

9.74

3.4

5.5

4.5

6.8

19.74

Gun

Muzzle

300 yards

500 yards

1000 yards

1500 yards

2000 yards

Velocity

Energy

Velocity

Energy

Velocity

Energy

Velocity

Energy

Velocity

Energy

Velocity

Energy

ft/sec

ft-tons

ft/sec

ft-tons

ft/sec

ft-tons

ft/sec

ft-tons

ft/sec

ft-tons

ft/sec

ft-tons

Anti-Torpedo boat gun

1550

9.6

1164

5.4

1014

4.1

810

2.6

666

1.8

546

1.2

Heavy single-barrel gun

2010

21.7

1637

14.4

1418

10.8

1038

5.8

870

4.1

748

3.0

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

inches

inches

lbs

inches

inches

inches

1 L

1.25 (0.89 lbs)

45

112

Uniform

10

1 in 30

51.5

61.5

8.0

2 L

1.25 (0.89 lbs)

45

448

Uniform

10

1 in 30

51.5

56.3

18.25

1 H

1.25 (1.25 lbs)

60

179

Increasing

10

1 in 27

66.3

76.0

7.4

1 M

1.5

33

157

Increasing

12

1 in 30

40.0

50.0

8.2

1 L

1.5 (1.38 lbs)

47

179

Uniform

12

1 in 30

53.5

63.5

8.2

2 L

1.5 (1.38 lbs)

47

560

Uniform

12

1 in 30

65.0

73.0

16.0

1 M

1.5 (1.38 lbs)

49

290

Increasing

12

1 in 26

57.0

67.0

10.8

1 H

1.5 (1.75 lbs)

61

358

Increasing

12

1 in 26

68.3

74.3

11.4

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 200 lbs), 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

inches

inches

lbs

inches

inches

inches

1 M

1.65 (2.5 lbs)

51

190

Uniform

12

1 in 30

57.8

65.8

7.75

1

1.65 (2.5 lbs)

60

336

Increasing

15

1 in 27

67.7

73.7

10.9

1 L

1.85 (3 lbs)

52

358

"

16

1 in 27

58.9

66.9

9.6

1 H

1.85 (3 lbs)

79

582

"

16

1 in 36

89.0

97.0

23.6

1

2.0 (5 lbs)

66

672

"

17

1 in 35

76.5

86.5

13.2

1

2.2 (6 lbs)

79

616

"

18

1 in 26

89.0

98.0

12.6

1

2.45 (7 lbs)

83

784

"

22

1 in 27

91.8

100.8

13.5

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 200 lbs), 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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