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The Mirbat Gun

The 25pdr artillery gun whose use played such a key role in the battle at Mirbat is now located in the Firepower! museum in Woolwich where it is on display. It was formerly displayed outside the Rotunda. There are no plans to move it either temporarily or permanently from the Firepower! museum.
(The Firepower ! Museum closed on the 8th July 2016 as the target of 200k visitors a year had not been reached. Some of the exhibits will be on display at the new Heritage Centre at Larkhill when it opens in 2020 ? Meanwhile the Mirbat Gun was loaned to the SAS for an exhibition at Credenhill. They then applied for an extension to that loan for five years but it was only granted by the Royal Artillery Historical Trust until July 2019. Effectively the Sultans gift for public exhibition is now hidden from those who may have an interest, perhaps Brits, Fijians or Omanis or just those who have a general interest in the Dhofar war. Post 2019 is unclear)

The gun had three plaques on it two of which are reproduced below
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Mirbat gun is displayed immediately on the left as you enter the main hall of the museum. One plaque that was on the gunshield has been removed and there is the suggestion that there may have been a plaque on the left gun trail.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The left hand side of the gun shield, viewed from the breech, seems to have taken almost  all of the incoming rounds from the dissidents and has been pierced by them. To my inexpert eye, there does appear to be at least one round that had a calibre of about 0.5". The adoo were known to have weapons of 12.7mm and 14.5mm calibre
 
The comments above were turned upside down when the webmaster visited Oman in December 2010 and in the course of conversation it transpired that only the barrel - identified by its serial number - was the actual lump of metal that took part in the battle. Any comments made about the gunshield therefore are also probably incorrect and have to be viewed with caution. The gunshield came from another gun and was "doctored" on the ranges at Arzat before being attached to the gun carriage. The breech block came from ?? and may be a spare bit.
 
 
 
Firepower,The Royal Artillery Museum,Royal Arsenal,WoolwichLondon,SE18 6ST

The Museum is open 10:30 to 17:00 seven days a week except in term time when it is closed on Monday and Tuesday. It is well worth a visit even though parking is still a little difficult.


There are details of the 25pdrs and the ammunition they used in Oman on the Cracker Battery webpage
 
 
If anyone feels the urge to make a model of a 25pdr Armortek make a splendid metal model 31 inches long and weighing 20 pounds which they will be happy to dispatch to you in exchange for about £500......