2pdr QF Mk.IIc (40 mm)

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Description

The 2pdr QF Mk.IIc (40 mm) on the HMS Jervis.


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
  Kerch
Light cruisers  HMS Enterprise

General info

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.

Available ammunition

The 40 mm 2pdr QF Mk.IIc has 3 belt choices, Universal, 40 mm HE, and 40 mm AP.

  • Universal: HEF · AP-T · HEF · AP-T
  • 40 mm HE: HEF · HEF · HEF · AP-T
  • 40 mm AP: AP-T · AP-T · AP-T · HEF
Penetration statistics
Shell Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
AP-T 60 57 50 43 38 34
HEF 3 3 3 3 3 3
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
AP-T 701 0.91 N/A N/A N/A 47° 60° 65°
HEF 701 0.82 0 0.1 71 79° 80° 81°

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

Pros:

  • Powerful HE rounds
  • High rate of fire
  • Belt-fed mechanism ensure that the gun will never jam

Cons:

  • Low muzzle velocity limits its effective range
  • Lacks autoloading mechanism, have to reload semi-frequently

History

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Media

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See also

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USSR naval cannons
20 mm  ShVAK
25 mm  2M-3
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
57 mm  AK-725
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
  Foreign:
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)

Britain naval cannons
20 mm  20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mk.II · 20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mark V · 20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mark 24
40 mm  2pdr QF Mk.IIc · 2pdr QF Mk.VIII · 2pdr Rolls Royce · QF Mark V · QF Mark VII · QF STAAG Mark II
47 mm  3 pdr QF Hotchkiss
57 mm  6pdr 7cwt QF Mk IIA · 6pdr QF Mk.V
76 mm  3 inch 12pdr 12 cwt QF Mk.V · 3 inch/70 Mark 6 · 76 mm/45 QF 3in 20cwt HA Mark I · 76 mm/50 12pdr 18cwt QF Mark I · OQF 3in 20cwt
102 mm  4 inch/40 QF mark III · 4 in QF Mark V · 4 inch/45 Mark XVI · 4 inch/50 BL Mark VII · BL Mark IX
114 mm  4.5 inch/45 QF Mark IV · 4.5 inch/45 QF Mark V · 8cwt QF Mk I
120 mm  4.7 inch/45 Mk.XII
133 mm  5.25 inch/50 QF Mark I
152 mm  6 inch/45 BL Mark VII · 6 inch/45 BL Mark XII · 6 inch/50 BL Mark XXIII · 6 inch/50 QF Mark N5
190 mm  7.5 inch/45 BL Mk.VI
203 mm  8 inch/50 Mark VIII
305 mm  305 mm/45 Mark X · 12 inch/50 Mark XI
343 mm  13.5 inch/45 Mark 5(H)
  Foreign:
20 mm  Rh202 (Germany)
40 mm  Bofors L/60 Mark 2 (USA) · Bofors L/60 Mark 3 (USA)
76 mm  76 mm/62 OTO-Melara Compact (Italy)