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The Autocannon
Old 18 Apr 2007, 20:58   #1 (permalink)
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Out of curiosity, what's its rate of fire? Is it a machine-gun deal or simply a "Loader? What loader?" deal?


Just curious, since a Leman Russ Exterminator seems to mount 120mm versions...
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Old 18 Apr 2007, 21:19   #2 (permalink)
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Well.. in one of the stories I have read (Defixio, or something like that. It's in Let the Galaxy Burn.), the Autocannon shells are loaded individually. Once the cannon is fired, the breach is opened, the casing falls out, and a new shell is loaded.

This seems somewhat contradictory though, because the name Autocannon implies that it is fully, or at least semi, automatic in loading and/or firing. Heck, autocannon (Automatic Cannon, anyone?) seems pretty self explanatory to me.

According to the Cadian models, it would seem that the Autocannons given to infantry are drum-fed and f/a. That makes more sense to me when you take into account the RoF in game.

I would imagine that most Vehicle-mounted autocannons are belt-fed from an ammo hopper, and fully automatic in their operation.

If you'd like a "real life" comparison, I would say that the firing rate of an Autocannon would be equivalent to the the 25mm "autocannon" mounted on Bradley IFV's.
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Old 18 Apr 2007, 21:22   #3 (permalink)
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I've always pictured it much like a Bradley Fighting Vehicle's rate of fire


Shots don't start until after 1 minute.

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Old 18 Apr 2007, 21:30   #4 (permalink)
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I suppose it varies from world to world, or forge world to forge world. They would have a slow rate of fire, but if you have ever seen the DoW Dark Crusade Autocannon team fire, thats how I would picture it.
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Old 18 Apr 2007, 21:35   #5 (permalink)
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I picture it firing a round every 1-2 seconds. It is not a machine gun, but it is not quite a main weapon in the same manner as a Battle Cannon. Heavy Stubbers are closer to heavy machine guns. Stub guns (Stubbers) and Autoguns both refer to projectile weapons in 40k, although the distinction is not always clear. And both types of weapon are extremely variable in terms of capability. To look at a modern example, and semiautomatic or automatic rifle could be refered to as an autogun in 40k parlance.
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Old 18 Apr 2007, 21:45   #6 (permalink)
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From many fluff pieces, I see the Autocannon as a weapon with many forms.
From Gaunt's Ghosts, the Autocannon sometimes seem like a heavy machinegun with a very high fire-rate.
In other pieces, it is like a large calibre semi-auto weapon. And there is also what we see from the models (Cadian) as a drum fed
heavy cannon with few shots per magazine.

I think we can see the Autocannon for what it is. An Automatic Cannon. I doubt there is any standard description of this weapon.
It is my all time favourite weapon though.

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Old 19 Apr 2007, 00:12   #7 (permalink)
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I picture it as firing something like the 40mm cannons mounted to an AC-130. Automatic? Yes. Fast? Not particularly. Makes a big hole? You better believe it
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I picture it as firing something like the 40mm cannons mounted to an AC-130. Automatic? Yes. Fast? Not particularly. Makes a big hole? You better believe it
Thats what I picture, though more of the accuall gun with a shorter barrel on a carrage. With the same crazy amount of fire and all. Then again thats what Wargammer described when I just got into warhammer so that kinda stuck with me...
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Old 19 Apr 2007, 00:47   #9 (permalink)
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ya, i have always pictured the autocannon giving off a nice big shell every second or two.. so

1.. 2.. 3.. 4..

You get the picture.. :P

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Old 19 Apr 2007, 02:03   #10 (permalink)
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if you go by the autocannons on the predators in DOW, then the autocannon fire at about 2 rounds per second
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