A nice artillery relic offering the collector the unique chance of owning one of the largest artillery cases used by the British armed forces.
The Royal Ordnance L11A5 , officially designated Gun 120 mm Tk L11, is a 120 mm L/55 rifled tank gun design.
It was the first of NATO’s 120mm Main Battle Tank guns which became the standard calibre for Western tanks in the later period of the Cold War. By 2005, a total of 3,012 L11 guns were produced.
The L11 was developed by Britain’s Royal Ordnance Factories to equip the Chieftain tank as the successor to the 105 mm L7 gun used in the Centurion tank. It was also used on the Challenger 1, which replaced the Chieftain in British and Jordanian service. The weapon has been superseded by the L30 series 120 mm rifled tank gun.
Our case, as seen in the pictures has been used, still bearing cordite traces on it. The reverse bears a significant number of marks and stamp. Please refer to the pictures.
The piece has two dents on its top section, most certainly due to hitting the floor after being used.