From: Marina del Rey, CA
[QUOTE]Originally posted by jleknes
It didn't help that the sub had a 5.5in gun vs 3in guns on the AP/AK. It shouldn't be difficult to stay out of 3in and 40mm gun range and pound the ship to rubble without any danger of getting a sound trashing back.
Though I agree with the concerns about Sub AI (at least the decision to surface and use deck gun) may need a little tweaking, the diference in maximum range of the guns should play no role.
Both guns had a max range of more than 12,000 yards (14k for the 3", probably more for the 5.5"). But the issue is fire control, not max range. We're not talking great fire control systems here for either ship. Probably optical sights, even "iron" ones, a hand held range finder maybe. And the AP/AK would be a more stable gun platofrm in most sea conditions.
So no gyro stabilization, fire direction computers on anything that helps long range gunnery. Basically Tsushima era ranges. Just point, shoot, and hope.
Heck, the max range of from a merchant gun position to the horizon was probably only about 12,000 - 14,000 yards anyway, even in perfect visibility.
So the idea of a "sweet range" where the sub could hit the AP but not vice versa probably isn't credible.
And I'd bet that gunfire between merchants ships and subs during the war was conducted at 5000 yards or less. Anybody know of any accounts of combat beyond that?
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