QF 4.7 inch Mk VIII naval gun

QF 4.7 inch Gun Mk VIII

One gun on HMS Rodney before 1940
Type Naval anti-aircraft gun
Place of origin  United Kingdom
Service history
In service 1927–1945
Used by British Empire
Wars World War II
Weight 6,636 pounds (3,010 kg)
Barrel length 189 inches (4.8 m) L/40

Shell weight 50 pounds (23 kg)
Calibre 4.724-inch (120 mm)
Elevation –5° to +90°
Traverse 360°
Rate of fire 8–12 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity 2,457 feet per second (749 m/s)
Maximum firing range 16,160 yards (14,780 m)

The QF 4.7 inch Gun Mark VIII[1] was a British naval anti-aircraft gun designed in the 1920s for the Royal Navy. It was mounted on the two Nelson-class battleships, two of the three Courageous-class aircraft carriers, the minelayer HMS Adventure, and the Australian seaplane tender HMAS Albatross.

See also

Weapons of comparable role, performance and era


  1. Mark VIII = Mark 8. Britain used Roman numerals to denote Marks (models) of ordnance until after World War II. Mark VIII indicates this was the eighth model of QF 4.7 inch gun.


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