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A SBBL 32 pounder on display at Fort nelson

The SBBL 32 pounder was a smooth bore breech loading gun made by converting older 32 pounder 42 cwt smooth bore muzzle loaders.[1] The conversion was first suggested in 1879 with the guns being issued over the following few years.[1] They were used in caponiers to provide flanking fire to fortifications.[1] In this role they fired case shot and had a range of up to about 500 yards.[1] They were originally assigned a crew of 6 but this was latter reduced to 4.[1] Since the role of flank defence was considered to be of limited importance there was considerable delay in mounting the guns.[1]

The SBBL 32 pounder also saw some use in a saluting role.[1] They were withdrawn from service by 1907.[1] Even before this time they had been surpassed by machine guns in their defensive role.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Moore, David (1994). Arming the Forts The Artillery of the Victorian Land Forts. The Palmerston Forts Society. pp. 32–35. ISBN 0-9523634-0-2. 
  2. Moore, David (1994). Arming the Forts The Artillery of the Victorian Land Forts. The Palmerston Forts Society. p. 4. ISBN 0-9523634-0-2. 

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