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Old School Big Gun

Corps loans 90-year-old cannon

A World War I-era cannon first fired by Marines more than 90 years ago to commemorate the opening of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Va., was returned to the center in July, on loan for the next decade from the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

The detachment of Marines fired the seven-inch tractor-mounted behemoth Oct. 16, 1918, a Navy release said. It’s been returned to the Navy proving ground in anticipation of the facility’s 100th anniversary.

On the day the installation was founded, the Marines launched a 152-pound projectile about 24,000 yards down the Potomac River. Army observers later described the weapon as, “the heaviest and hardest hitting gun for which a mobile field mount of this kind had ever been requested by any nation or army.”

Its range — between 19,000 and 25,000 yards — was more than double that of its predecessors.

Then:

A 1918 file photo shows the first gun fired at Naval Weapons Station Dahlgren. The World War I-era 7-inch, 45-caliber tractor-mounted gun will be reconditioned and placed on display during Rear Adm. John Dahlgren\'s 200th birthday commemoration scheduled for Nov. 13. Courtesy Photo

A 1918 file photo shows the first gun fired at Naval Weapons Station Dahlgren. The World War I-era 7-inch, 45-caliber tractor-mounted gun will be reconditioned and placed on display during Rear Adm. John Dahlgren\'s 200th birthday commemoration scheduled for Nov. 13. Courtesy Photo

Today:

Transportation personnel at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren prepare to off-load a World War I-era tractor-mounted artillery piece, the first gun originally test fired to mark the establishment of Dahlgren as a naval proving ground on Oct. 16, 1918. The 7-inch, 45-caliber gun will be restored by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. Courtesy Photo  Date: 07.20.2009

Transportation personnel at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren prepare to off-load a World War I-era tractor-mounted artillery piece, the first gun originally test fired to mark the establishment of Dahlgren as a naval proving ground on Oct. 16, 1918. The 7-inch, 45-caliber gun will be restored by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. Courtesy Photo Date: 07.20.2009

7 inches is 177mm

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Comments

  • That looks to be in great shape! Looks like it was really taken care of for the past century.

    I’ve heard that the Marines have to make do with older equipment. Maybe they thought it could come in handy some day, and put some extra effort into preservation. (HA!)

  • elizabeth says:

    that is a really interesting and huge weapon that was used in world war 1! reply back to me please.

  • Mike says:

    That is one heck of a big gun! Reminds me of a smaller version of that enormous one that ran on railroad tracks… I forget the name of it though. :(

  • Stephen says:

    That’s a mighty big gun you have there sir.

  • Danial Gerst says:

    That cannon is absolutely amazing. Technology never ceases to amaze me and it always seems as though it is beyond it’s time. From ancient aqueducts to today’s iPads, I have a never ending inability to wrap my head around the complexity of what the human mind has designed. I bet this amazing weapon was mind blowing to be around and I wish I could see one in person!
    Danial

  • Richard says:

    Very cool. Brings back memories of when I was a kid and there was an old WWI canon in the town I lived in. It was just for show but it made for a pretty cool place for us kids to play. We spent many hours defending our little town from invaders of all sorts…

  • I like how WWI was all about having the biggest gun.

  • Ron Foster says:

    It’s a shame today we have to have weapons that kill thousands at the drop of a hat and back then it was a war to win, not who pushed the button first. This is a great piece of history and well keep. There are some WW 1 or WW 2 on display at the Veterans State Park in Cordele Georgia. If you come in to Cordele on I 75 get off at the 280 exit (hwy 280) and go west about eight or nine miles and turn left and go into the state park. Be sure to visit the museum also. I’m sure you will not forget thew visit.

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