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Navis_Nobilite #1 Posted 18 May 2014 - 11:17 PM

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Should I keep the machine guns or get the cannons. Just looking at the tooltip, it seems that the cannons are worse in every aspect. Do they have better range and accuracy or something?

Kiwiav8r #2 Posted 18 May 2014 - 11:24 PM

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Originally they were bad because they overheated after a second of continuous firing and took ages to cool down.  Now they are a nice addition if you can accept the slightly reduced maneuverability.


To answer your question, they have better range than the six 50's, not sure about the accuracy.

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FullMetal_Inferno #3 Posted 19 May 2014 - 01:08 AM

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I enjoy the cannons much more to be honest. Your maneuverability doesn't suffer too badly, and the cannons can really rip into planes if they get close to you. You can use them to attack ground targets and other airplanes, instead of having to pack bulky rockets or bombs. Probably the only drawback is that the guns are quick to overheat, so you want want to make sure you are accurate with your shots. If you're more of a "spray and pray" kind of guy, I'd stick with the machine guns. Personally, I like to use my F4U-1 to tear into turning heavy fighters and fight at medium altitude.


Also, as an American-only pilot, it gives you your first real sense of firepower. Best of luck with whatever decision you make! :honoring:

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BuckRodgers #4 Posted 19 May 2014 - 11:48 PM

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During beta I was a .50s only guy as well but now with the smoother gameplay as well as the fact that the cannons have a bigger heat pool they are a decent choice. And the loss of speed and maneuverability is small enough that the only time It might be a problem is when facing 109s or other corsairs.

trottenhelm #5 Posted 21 May 2014 - 10:52 PM

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I have just recently switched from MGs to the Cannons. I did it on advice from a player that I know and he advised me (based on my style as he saw it) to go cannons. I think they are great. You do lose some of the TnB but not that much. You gain range and damage. They do overheat quickly, but I have run into that difficulty once. I tend to fire bursts instead of continuous. If you like range and ripping instead of melting....try it. If you do not like them, change back.

Wesrin #6 Posted 21 May 2014 - 11:38 PM

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Both are excellent choices, with benefits and drawbacks to each. The .50's give you way better 'burst' then cannons, but cannons crit far more often and will snap off wings, tail, etc with ease.


I personally roll the 20mm cannons, but switch to .50's from time to time!

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