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    Long guns ?

    Spent the day on the USS Iowa. Biggest, longest guns I've ever seen !!!



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    Yup, pretty impressive.

    I climbed around on the battleship Alabama a few decades ago, got up inside one of the turrets, and looked through the optical sights for one of the big 16-inch guns. One of the few times I was nearly overwhelmed by a sense of living history from an inanimate object.
    "Placement is power" -- seen in an article by Stephen A. Camp
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    They brought one to Norfolk and moored it next to an aircraft carrier and it made the battleship look tiny until you noticed the gun turrets and its awesome firepower.....

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    If I remember the text from the deck display on the Alabama correctly, it made a reference to shooting a projectile that weighed about the same as an old VW Beetle. It could be launched more than 20 miles.

    And put a dang big hole in darn near anything, when it arrived...
    ...and that was BEFORE it exploded!
    "Placement is power" -- seen in an article by Stephen A. Camp
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