British media does not understand what ‘5 inch gun’ means to the navy…

A British tabloid paper ran an article Friday critical of the British Defence Ministry because they thought they had spent hundreds of millions of dollars building a gun less than half the size of a standard ruler. The Daily Star made the error upon reports that the British Defence Ministry had spent $242 million on a…

  1. When referring to naval artillery, caliber refers the ratio of bore diameter to barrel length. So a 5 inch, 62 caliber gun has a barrel 62 times the bore diameter, or 310 inches.

    Firearms terminology has always been a mystery to journalists in the UK and the US. 5 minutes on Google would spare them much embarrassment.

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