1st Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, Royal Artillery

The Gun

Our  6 Pounder was acquired as a relic from a gentleman in Northern California. When we first got it, we found that it was missing all of the major components save the carriage and the barrel. 

Two years work went into the restoration of the cannon. We were able to find almost all of the major components through scrounging, trading and of course hard cash !

The one component we couldn’t find was the front shield, and this we made up from scratch using sheet metal plate, after taking measurements from an existing 57mm display at a DAV post in Reseda.  Bill Guiette helped us by removing what was left of the original breech block and mating the barrel with a 40mm breech block from a Bofors gun. By utilizing this we comply with ATF rules in regards to making this a “saluting” piece , incapable of firing a projectile and legal to own without a destructive device permit. Bill also modified the recoil system to incorporate an air cylinder so that the gun actually recoils and goes back into battery each time it is fired.

We recently completed the project with the acquisition of the correct sight mount & telescope.  A complete picture gallery of the restoration can currently be found online at www.imageevent.com/gazzavc/6pounder.

A big thank you goes out to all the members of the 1st Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery without whom this project would never have been possible. I would also like to thank Craig Michaelson of the El Monte Tank Museum for allowing us to store our vehicles and use the facilities to work on the equipment.

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