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Topic: RON 33 twin 50 mounts
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Several RON 33 boats mounted twin 50 cals either side of the chart house just inboard of the forward TT racks. 495 boat is shown to have at least one, mounted on the STBD side, while 490 appears to mount one on the PORT side.
MY question relates to the mounts themselves. Manuals would lead me to believe that the mounts were MK 46, but I have not found any photographs that would clearly point to this.
Does anyone have a definitive answer regarding the mounts? The 46 seems rather large and heavy that purpose. Could they have been "field" mounts?
Thank you.
Jonathan



Posted By: JEno | Posted on: Dec 18, 2019 - 2:11pm
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Do you have a picture? I have some of the 490 but the port guns are covered. This one of the 490 shows a starboard Acey Deucey and MacArthur:

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Posted By: Jeff D | Posted on: Dec 18, 2019 - 6:43pm
Total Posts: 1809 | Joined: Dec 21, 2006 - 1:30am



Jeff, here are some images that show the twins, but not the mounts.

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Posted By: JEno | Posted on: Dec 19, 2019 - 2:25pm
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Many of the MG mounts added to PT's look to be field made and often include parts of the turret mounts. I don't know if this mount on the 493 is the same one you're looking for but it appears to be a pipe mount that might be braced by the torpedo rack:

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Zoom:

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Posted By: Jeff D | Posted on: Dec 20, 2019 - 8:18am
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Here are some of the various .50 cal. deck mounts that the PT's used, both single and twin:

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jrC0S.jpg
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jrBMT.jpg
jryH3.jpg
jrJ5w.jpg
jrVYs.jpg
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jrHO4.jpg
jrKAM.jpg
jr9Hg.jpg
jrnRJ.jpg
jrtw7.jpg
jrAXy.jpg
jrcG8.jpg
jrD2k.jpg
jre5i.jpg
jridO.jpg



Posted By: Jeff D | Posted on: Dec 21, 2019 - 3:33pm
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Thank You Jeff. I just finished going the the photo gallery and found many of those that you have just posted. It pretty much confirms, to me anyhow, that most of the 50 cal mount use were field manufactured ones, rather than the MK 46 as mention in the .50 cal mount pamphlet.
It also confirms that a picture is worth many, many words.
Jonathan



Posted By: JEno | Posted on: Dec 21, 2019 - 5:37pm
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Agreed. A lot of field mods.

jrSjT.jpg



Will

Posted By: Will Day | Posted on: Dec 23, 2019 - 7:07pm
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This 1944 September page from the Ordnance Equipment List For Motor Torpedo Boats - PT shows some single 50. cal. deck mounts, pipe stem and tripod, were listed as standard equipment but no doubles. It also lists 60mm mortars. I think Andy Small dug this manual up in his research:

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Posted By: Jeff D | Posted on: Dec 30, 2019 - 3:00pm
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