A Brief Journey Through the History of Gun Propulsion

Report No. ARL-TR-3671
Authors: Albert W. Horst
Date/Pages: November 2005; 34 pages
Abstract: While the use of guns and gun-like devices extends back in history for more than a millennium, the past century has been marked by significant advances in the technology of guns, the projectiles they launch, and the propulsion systems employed to launch these projectiles to ever-increasing velocities. This report chronicles a sampling of theoretical and experimental advances in the science of gun propulsion and its application to a wide range of practical gun propulsion concepts.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: November 1, 2005