Schneider 75mm field gun M. 1895-98

 

 

 

 

Schneider designation :

Canon de campagne de 75mm mod. 1895-98 sur afft frein hydraulique

Calibre :

75mm L/33

Weight of the barrel :

330 kg

Weight of the breech-block :

15 kg

Weight of the carriage :

670 kg

Weight in action :

1000 kg

Weight of the limber :

409 kg (empty) 722 kg (loaded)

Weight in marching order :

1722 kg

Weight of the caisson :

621 kg (empty) 1247 kg (loaded)

Weight of ammunition wagon :

830 kg (empty) 1969 kg (loaded)

Barrel length :

2.470 m

Length of the bore :

2.015 m

Barrel grooves

number :

24

depth :

 

angle of twist :

progressive, from 3 to 8

Line of fire 

height :

750 mm

length :

700 mm

Ammunition

 

Cartridge

weight :

1.4 kg

shelled :

8.7 kg

charge :

800 g of Poudre BM1 (French smokeless powder)

Common shell

weight :

6.5 kg

max. range :

8000 m

Shrapnel

weight :

6.5 kg - charge: 90 g of black powder

234 bullets x 10 g

fuze :

time and percussion

max. range :

6800 m

Case shot :

6,5 kg

Muzzle velocity :

560 m/s

Elevation :

+ 20 / - 5

Traversing angle :

8

Recoil :

300 mm

Wheels

weight :

150 kg

height :

1.5 m

track :

1.2 m

Transport :

drawn by four horses

Ammunition :

limber 36 shells

wagon body 72 shells

Remarks :

Quick firing field gun in forged and hardened steel, with swinging block breech mechanism, traverse on axle. The recoil was reduced by the combined action of two hydraulic cylinders, forming part of the cradle, an independent spring recuperator and an elastic trail spade. It was not equipped with shield. The gun was so low on the level of the soil, that during the marches the barrel should be put at the maximum positive angle in order to prevent the muzzle from coming in contact with the ground. The carriage had no axletree seats, but the limber could carry three gunners. The gun was sighted by means of a front-sight and a bar-sight placed on the right side of the cradle, a small oscillating level was provided to rectify the elevation in quick firing. Sighting and loading could take place simultaneously.

The Transvaal Army bought 6 of these guns in 1896, another 12 batteries with 72 guns were ordered to Schneider, but they were not delivered due the end of the Boer war.

Drawings of the 75mm Transvaal gun