West Spring Gun

Place Europe: France
Accession Number RELAWM05152
Collection type Technology
Object type Artillery
Physical description Paint, Steel
Maker Reason Manufacturing Company
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

West Spring Gun made from steel components. The weapon consists of a triangular metal frame that supports a metal throwing arm powered by multilayers of compressed steel springs. There is a theaded adjustment bolt which is used to determine the trajectory of the missile during launch. The launcher is painted matt grey. The launcher arm is missing. Markings - D64; WAR RECORDS SECTION, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE, MELBOURNE.

History / Summary

The West Spring Gun was issued to British and Australian forces at the beginning of the First World War to launch grenades and satchell charges over the trenches using mechanical methods. This West Spring Gun was employed by the 9th Field Company Australian Engineers.