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Fort Gilkicker                                                                                  Solent Papers No.5

            Gun Group A
            2 x 9-inch 12 ton R.M.L. guns in casemates 1 and 2

            1  Front Racer
            2  Rear racer
            3  Graduated Arc
            4  Shell Lift
            5  Cartridge Lift
            6  Running Back
           into the bore; the correct size having been calculated Preview
               &Traversing Gear
            7  Elevating Gear
            8  Luffing Ring
            9  Shield frame
            10  Shield

           Shells were brought up from the magazine shell store  When this had been rammed home the gun was run
           beneath using the shell lift. (4) This emerged in the  up to the firing position.
           casemate to the rear of the gun platform. The shells
           were then placed on end to the front of the casemate  Next it was laid for line. The No.1 of each gun the
           near to the muzzle of the gun. Cartridges were     called for his gun to be traversed around on its racers
           brought up from the cartridge store using the      to the required line using the traversing gear (6) on
           cartridge lift (5) and were placed in a leather charge  the rear of the casemate platform with the graduated
           carrier close to the lift until needed. Shell and  arc as a guide. The barrel was then elevated to the
           cartridge were not allowed to meet until they were  required height using the elevating gears (7). A
           presented to the bore of the gun. The two 9-inch   friction tube was then inserted into the vent of the
           R.M.L.s in casemates 1 and 2 acted as one gun group  barrel and a lanyard attached. On the command
           (group ‘A’). Upon sighting a target, an observer on  ‘Fire’ the lanyard was jerked and this ignited the
           top of the fort called down the  range and bearing for  cartridge.
           each gun group.
                                                              The force of the charge acting on the heavy projectile
           On the command ‘Load’ the cartridge was rammed     cased the barrel and carriage to recoil back up the
                                                              slope of the platform. This was checked by the
           by the No.1 in order to achieve the given range. This  compression hydraulic buffer beneath the platform.
           was followed by the shell; the studs on the shell  The bore was sponged out and the carriage was then
           engaging with the grooves in the bore of the barrel.  ran back to the firing position with the barrel

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