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120-mm M256 (Germany)

Country of Origin: Germany


The Rheinmetall-designed 120-mm smoothbore tank gun is the main armament for the German Leopard 2 and U.S. M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks (MBT). The gun has a cold-drawn, seamless tube with a chromium inner lining that improves wear resistance while firing fin-stabilized ammunition.

The M256's barrel is fitted with a fume extractor and thermal sleeve. Both are made of glass-reinforced plastic. The gun features a semi-automatic vertical sliding wedge breech. Its recoil system is...

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