8cwt QF Mk I (114 mm)
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The 8 centum weight, Quick-Firing Mark I is a naval gun with an unusual history. The design for this 4.5-inch gun was developed to replace the 230 mm spigot mortar on the Churchill AVRE (Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers) as a weapon for firing petard charges against fortifications. However, the British Army instead decided to pursue the development of a 6.5-inch design which became the L6A1 mounted on post-war models. Fortunately for the designers, the Royal Navy was looking for a more powerful replacement for the 6pdr 7cwt QF Mk IIA on their Motor Torpedo Boats in 1944. After comparative trials at Shoeburyness alongside the British Army's QF 95 mm Howitzer, the 8cwt QF Mark I was accepted by the Royal Navy, but it did not enter service until 1946. A smooth-bore design with a semi-automatic action, the 98 guns were accepted into Royal Navy service and were mounted on the British Motor Torpedo Boats of the post-war period including the Dark Adventurer. A prototype stabilized variant was also developed using the stabilization system from Centurion tank, but it was not adopted due to the excessive weight from the modifications.
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