2pdr QF Mk.IIc (40 mm)
The 40 mm 2pdr QF Mk.IIc, nicknamed the "pom-pom", is a British naval autocannon, used as a primary armament for coastal ships and an anti-aircraft weapon on bluewater ships.
Despite the similar name, this weapon has no relation to the 40 mm QF 2-pounder used on British tanks.
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
|Vehicles equipped with this weapon|
|Motor gun boats||Fairmile C (312) · Fairmile C (332) · Fairmile D (601) · MGB-75 · SGB Grey Fox · SGB Grey Goose|
|Destroyers||HMS Brissenden · HMS Jervis · HMS Nepal|
|Tribal-class||HMCS Haida · HMS Eskimo · HMS Mohawk|
|Light cruisers||HMS Abdiel · HMS Enterprise|
The 2pdr "pom-pom" autocannon is a 40 mm anti-air autocannon that entered service with the Royal Navy in 1917. The gun is belt-fed with 56 rounds capacity per belt and a rate of fire of 200 rounds per minute. The gun was usually found in either a single-mounted version on coastal boats and early destroyers, as well as a quad-mount version found on a British wartime destroyers.
The 40 mm 2pdr QF Mk.IIc has 3 belt choices, Universal, 40 mm HE, and 40 mm AP.
- Universal: · · ·
- 40 mm HE: · · ·
- 40 mm AP: · · ·
|Shell||Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Comparison with analogues
- QF Mark V (40 mm): The Bofors autocannons is mostly superior than the pom-pom in almost every way. The Bofors have a more powerful rounds, higher shell velocity, and features an auto-feeding mechanism that enable it to fire continuously. While the pom-pom technically has higher rate of fire than the Bofors (200 vs. 156 rpm), the lack of auto-feed mechanism reduces the actual rate of fire of the pom-pom to 115 rpm.
Usage in battles
The 2pdr pom-pom performs remarkably well for a gun originated from the Great War era. The gun has superior rate of fire than that of the famous Bofors autocannons, though it is handicapped by the lack of auto-feeding mechanism and low shell velocity which reduced the range of the guns to 3 km at best.
For the most part, the pom-pom's usage is similar to that of the Bofors, with a few distinctive differences. As the gun will never jam due to the belt-fed mechanism, the pom-pom performs better with a short but rapid burst to quickly dispatch the opponents, but the frequent reload will reduce the gun's effectiveness, especially when the enemy is getting too close. Thus, the pom-pom often requires trigger discipline at closer range to accurately hit and destroy the targets before they can attack with bombs or torpedoes.
Pros and cons
- Powerful HE rounds
- High rate of fire
- Belt-fed mechanism ensure that the gun will never jam
- Low muzzle velocity limits its effective range
- Lacks autoloading mechanism, have to reload semi-frequently
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- 2pdr QF Mk.VIII (40 mm) - Later variant of the weapon
- 40 mm/62 Vickers (40 mm) - Japanese version
- 40 mm/39 Vickers-Terni mod.1915/1917 (40 mm) · 40 mm/39 Vickers-Terni mod.1915/1917, Modif.1930 (40 mm) - Italian licensed versions
|USSR naval cannons|
|30 mm||AK-230 · 30 mm/54 AK-630 · BP "Plamya"|
|37 mm||37 mm/67 70-K · V-11|
|45 mm||45 mm/46 21-K · 45 mm/68 21-KM · 45 mm/89 SM-20-ZIF · 45 mm/89 SM-21-ZIF|
|75 mm||75 mm/50 Canet patt.1892|
|76 mm||34-K · 39-K · 76 mm/60 AK-176M · AK-726 · D-56TS · F-34 · Lender AA gun, pattern 1914/15|
|85 mm||85 mm/52 92-K · 85 mm/54.6 ZIS-C-53 · 90-K|
|100 mm||100 mm/56 B-34 · 100 mm/70 SM-5-1 · Minizini|
|102 mm||Pattern 1911|
|120 mm||120 mm/50 pattern 1905|
|130 mm||130 mm/55 pattern 1913 · 130 mm/58 SM-2-1 · B-13|
|152 mm||152 mm/57 B-38|
|180 mm||180 mm/57 B-1-P · 180 mm/60 B-1-K|
|305 mm||12-inch/52 pattern 1907 · 305 mm/54 B-50|
|40 mm||2pdr QF Mk.IIc (Britain)|
|47 mm||3 pdr QF Hotchkiss (Britain)|
|152 mm||152/53 mm O.T.O. Mod.1929 (Italy)|