Is the C1 Howitzer still in service?

Is the C1 Howitzer still in service?

Joined: August 25th, 2004, 1:33 am

June 24th, 2012, 10:03 pm #1

I thought we had all switched over to C3's. But at the Armed Forces day in Uplands, there was a C1 alongside the 'in-service' vehicle displays.

It had the new rimes & tires, signal lights on the gun shield, and was painted in green and black cammo with OD rims. Gun was stamped 1952 IIRC.





Here's a pic of the Buffalo in the background


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Rob Kelly
Rob Kelly

June 24th, 2012, 10:08 pm #2

I believe the 30th Field Regiment in Ottawa has four for ceremonial salutes.
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Jason Bobrowich
Jason Bobrowich

June 25th, 2012, 12:22 am #3

I thought we had all switched over to C3's. But at the Armed Forces day in Uplands, there was a C1 alongside the 'in-service' vehicle displays.

It had the new rimes & tires, signal lights on the gun shield, and was painted in green and black cammo with OD rims. Gun was stamped 1952 IIRC.





Here's a pic of the Buffalo in the background


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They were still in use in BC with Op Palaci for avalanche control in January 2012...to be gradually replaced with the C3.
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Joined: August 25th, 2004, 1:33 am

June 25th, 2012, 2:52 am #4

so, it would be possible for a MLVW and C1 to both have the new tires & rims and still be accurate.
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Joined: April 4th, 2009, 3:40 am

June 25th, 2012, 2:59 am #5

I do believe that is actually a C2. note the muzzle swell. C3's were used for OP Palaci last year, one of my masters was a #1. wish we could get 4 salute guns.
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Jason Bobrowich
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June 25th, 2012, 4:42 am #6

Interesting about the C1 and C2...aren't the muzzles the same?....both have the slight bulge don't they?

What are the visible external differences of the C1 vs. C2?

Is this a C1 or C2 at Op Palaci in January 2012? Would it likely be a C2?

http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/tml/articl ... =2012&m=01
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Joined: August 25th, 2004, 1:33 am

June 25th, 2012, 4:41 pm #7

I do believe that is actually a C2. note the muzzle swell. C3's were used for OP Palaci last year, one of my masters was a #1. wish we could get 4 salute guns.
Hi Ian, as the title says, I thought we went right from C1 to C3.

When did the C2 enter service? Would it have changed the ID plate on the gun with a new date?

Semi-related question, when did the C1 enter service? Since this gun was stamped 1952, did we buy it used out of US war stocks? Pretty sure we were still using the 25 pdr well into the 50's?

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Jason Bobrowich
Jason Bobrowich

June 26th, 2012, 12:48 am #8


I think we need some confirmation what the C2 is all about....fact or fiction.

There is some info on the web...

http://www.artillery.net/beta/105howc2/

Even a DND description....

http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/land-terre ... pitem68=en
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Art Murray
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June 26th, 2012, 12:51 am #9

Hi Ian, as the title says, I thought we went right from C1 to C3.

When did the C2 enter service? Would it have changed the ID plate on the gun with a new date?

Semi-related question, when did the C1 enter service? Since this gun was stamped 1952, did we buy it used out of US war stocks? Pretty sure we were still using the 25 pdr well into the 50's?

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Answer to question 1 - Operation Palaci: That is a C2 Howitzer in the picture (as referenced by the muzzle hump).
Answer to question 2 - when did we get the C1 howitzer? Don't quote me on this, but I believe we switched over somwhere around 1955, same time we switched to 7.62 NATO, for standardization with our yank cousins. More info to follow when I find it........

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Joined: December 30th, 2003, 11:57 pm

June 26th, 2012, 1:01 am #10

Can you post an image showing this muzzle hump...It looks to me that it is on images of the C1 and C2...unless the images are labelled wrong.
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