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Britain - BESA Machine Gun 7.92mm

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BESA Machine Gun 7.92mm
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photo of BESA Machine Gun 7.92mm from Wikipedia
History
Developed by BSA from the Czechoslovak ZB vz.53 heavy machine gun which used the German 7.92×57mm Mauser ammunition. It was mostly used as the main armament of the Light Tank Mk VIC and Armoured cars such as the Humber Mk I to Mk III.

This 7.92mm gun was used in the armoured divisions as their supply lines were separated from the infantry who used .303 bullets. Once the British started capturing German ammunition this could be immediately used in these tank machine guns.
Manufactured1939 - 1966
Calibre7.92mm
LengthL/93
Rate of Fire450 rpm
 
Cartridge SA, 7.92(AP)
7.92mm 0.012Kg 785M/Sec
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.15
Penetration(mm@30°) 2
Penetration(mm@0°) 3
Hit Probability(%) 98

Vehicles in our database using this gun
Vehicle NameCommon Name
 AEC Armoured Car Mark I 
 AEC Armoured Car Mark II 
 AEC Armoured Car Mark III 
 Cruiser Mk VIIICentaur I 
 Cruiser Mk VIIICentaur III 
 Cruiser Mk VIIICentaur IV 
 Cruiser Mk VIIICentaur O.P. 
 Humber Armoured Car Mk I, II, III 
 Cruiser Mk IIA10 
 Cruiser Mk IIAA10 
 Cruiser Mk IIA C.S.A10 
 Cruiser Mk IVA13 Mk II 
 Cruiser Mk IVAA13 Mk II 
 Cruiser Mk IIIA13 
 Cruiser Mk VCovenanter I 
 Cruiser Mk VCovenanter C.S. 
 Cruiser Mk VCovenanter II 
 Cruiser Mk VCovenanter III 
 Cruiser Mk VCovenanter IV 
 Cruiser Mk VICrusader II 
 Cruiser Mk VICrusader III 
 Cruiser Mk VIICavalier 
 Cruiser Mk VICrusader I 
 Cruiser Mk VICrusader I C.S. 
 Cruiser Mk VICrusader III C.S. 
 Cruiser Mk VIIICromwell I/II/III 
 Cruiser Mk VIIICromwell IV/V 
 Cruiser Mk VIIICromwell VI 
 Cruiser Mk VIIICromwell VII/VIII 
 Cruiser Mk VIIICromwell II Mk I 
 Cruiser TankComet A34 
 Inf Tank Mk IIIValentine IV 
 

Hit probability is based on a static 2 x 2.4 metre panel at 0 degrees(vertical) at the range specified.

The data that has been used to create these records has come from Wikipedia, The Lone Sentry, The Bundes Archive and numerous books and websites that have provided the detailed information that has not been available anywhere else. The information we use to calculate the penetration tables, flight times and the hit probability comes from the Gun Calibre, the Shell Mass(Kg) and the muzzle velocity, plus range reductions to allow for gravity and wind resistance. This calculation originally came from a pre-war Krupp calculation which has been modified, and seems to fit the actual test results.

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