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Just found out about these mammoth devices. This one was apparently a German design. Does anyone have more info?



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Pics found on my HD...I have notes on it as being built by Rheinmetall Gmbh during the cold war for preventing artillery ranges from disrupting local residences.



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!!!!!! how many were made? Was it just a one-off?



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I can't imagine why someone would find this to be a practical solution over relocating the artillery to a location further from civilization.



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I've never been to Germany to confirm it, but i hear its heavily populated to the extent that there isnt much remote areas for conducting discreet artillery drills. Solution = artillery silencers. :P



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The system is designed for tanks too... first pic is an earlier experiment with the 105 mm gun of the US M60 using 40ft (over 12 m) long, 5 ft (1.5 m) diameter steel silencer. It used water filled plastic bags and the projectiles used in the experiment were test rounds that were essentially cardboard cylinders full of sand and water.

https://www.cervus.de/publikationen/BuHiBaltimore01.pdf



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Patent doc...

https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/42/99/ee/03b954f8ab7fd6/US5461962.pdf

and an alternate config (just found it on my HD dont have any info about it)



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Interesting stuff. Thanks!



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So if I'm understanding corrctly, these were developed after the cold war, in the mid to late 90s, not during.



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The specific ones made by Rheinmetall GmbH were developed around that time yes, if the patent date is anything to go by but this could vary (my notes were wrong sorry about that...) but the concept of large-bore gun suppression systems has been around for ages. I think that M60 experiment is from the late 60's.



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