Say what you like, but I really like the 57mm for small jobs

Developed by BAE Bofors in Sweden, the 57mm Mark 3 cannon is used around the world — but can it kill a giant floating sausage?

The above video, released this week by the Canadian military, shows the warship HMCS Vancouver in a surface fire exercise while deployed in a joint exercise with U.S. forces in the Pacific. The handy little Halifax-class frigate is armed with a 57mm Bofors as a hood ornament and they get some gunnery practice in against a big red target float. These floats are unofficially termed killer tomatoes in the U.S. Navy and boudin (sausage) in the Canadian service, for obvious reasons.

Stick around till the end to see the perforated vinyl deep-sixed with some good old reliable M2 love, sent to the bottom like Megatron.

For those who are curious and squee out to specs, the Bofors fires at up to 220-rounds per minute (though the magazine drum only holds 120 party sub-length shells) with a range out to nine miles. The U.S. uses the same gun, designated the Mk110, on littoral combat ships and Coast Guard cutters. Sure, they are no 16-inchers, but they get the job done on small stuff.

Want a little more excitement? The below from gun maker BAE shows tests of various 57mm loads against selected targets.


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Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as, University of Guns, Outdoor Hub, Tac-44, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the U.S. federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

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