Fighter Gun Table

Here is a table of fighter armament since about 1935: I did not include the classic twin-gun biplane fighters. The columns in this list indicate:

Only fixed, forward-firing armament is included. That excludes both flexible, defensive guns, and Schräge Musik installations. Multi-seat heavy fighters, fighter-bombers, and nightfighters are included; their names are rendered in boldface to indicate the distinction.

The selection of types and subtypes in this list is somewhat arbitrary, and also depends on the availability of the needed information. Only production fighters are included, not prototypes. The list is in chronological order.

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NameFirst
Delivery
CountryWeight
of Fire
Muzzle
Power
Armament
Boeing P-26A 34 Jan USA 0.39 140 2 * 7.62 mm Browning .30 M2
Arado Ar 68F-1 36 Feb Germany 0.37 110 2 * 7.92 mm MG 17 (500)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I 36 Jun Britain 1.72 480 8 * 7.7 mm Browning .303
Macchi C.200 Saetta 36 Jul Italy 0.86 250 2 * 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I 37 Oct Britain 1.72 480 8 * 7.7 mm Browning .303
Messerschmitt Bf 109C-1 38 Feb Germany 0.73 110 4 * 7.92 mm MG 17
Nakajima Ki.27-Otsu 38 Mar Japan (A) 0.32 90 2 * 7.7 mm Type 89 (500)
Curtiss P-36A Hawk 38 Apr USA 0.80 300 1 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2,
1 * 7.62 mm Browning .30
Fiat G.50 Freccia 38 Oct Italy 0.86 250 2 * 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 38 Late Germany 2.37 530 2 * 20 mm MG-FF,
2 * 7.92 mm MG 17
Polikarpov I-153 39 Feb USSR 1.43 480 4 * 7.62 mm ShKAS
Fiat CR.42 Falco 39 Apr Italy 0.86 250 2 * 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT
Bloch MB.152 39 Apr France 3.26 1230 2 * 20 mm Hispano 404,
2 * 7.5 mm MAC 1934
Caudron C.714 Cyclone 39 Jun France 0.50 140 4 * 7.5 mm MAC 1934
Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat 40 Feb USA 2.43 920 4 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 40 May Germany 2.37 530 2 * 20 mm MG-FF,
2 * 7.92 mm MG 17
Nakajima Ki.43-I-Otsu 40 Jun Japan (A) 0.73 225 1 * 12.7 mm Ho-103 (250),
1 * 7.7 mm Type 89 (500)
Mitsubishi A6M2 Reisen 40 Jul Japan (N) 2.62 410 2 * 20 mm Type 99-1 (100),
2 * 7.7 mm Type 97
Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IF 40 Jul Britain 7.35 2370 4 * 20 mm Hispano Mk.II,
6 * 7.7 mm Browning .303
Messerschmitt Bf 109F-1 40 Nov Germany 1.04 420 1 * 15 mm MG 151,
2 * 7.92 mm MG 17
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3 40 Dec USSR 1.55 545 1 * 12.7 mm UB,
2 * 7.62 mm ShKAS
Bell P-39D 41 Feb USA 3.02 860 1 * 37 mm M4,
2 * 7.62 mm Browning .30,
2 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2
Lavochkin LaGG-3 41 Feb USSR 1.99 710 1 * 20 mm ShVAK,
2 * 7.62 mm ShKAS
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VB 41 Mar Britain 2.24 1250 2 * 20 mm Hispano Mk.II,
4 * 7.7 mm Browning .303
Curtiss P-40D 41 May USA 2.43 910 4 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2
Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB 41 May Britain 5.20 2010 4 * 20 mm Hispano Mk.II
Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-3 41 Mid Germany 5.20 1210 2 * 20 mm MG 151/20,
2 * 20 mm MG-FF,
2 * 7.92 mm MG17
Nakajima Ki.43-I-Hei Hayabusa 41 Jun Japan (A) 1.14 360 2 * 12.7 mm Ho-103
Macchi C.202 Folgore 41 Jul Italy 1.13 320 2 * 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT,
2 * 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT
Yakovlev Yak-1 41 Dec USSR 1.99 715 1 * 20 mm ShVAK,
2 * 7.62 mm ShKAS
Yakovlev Yak-7 41 Late USSR 2.64 1080 1 * 20 mm ShVAK,
2 * 12.7 mm UBS
Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo 41 Late USA 2.43 920 4 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2
Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 42 EarlyGermany 1.64 470 1 * 20 mm MG 151/20
2 * 7.92 mm MG 17
Kawasaki Ki.45-KAI-Ko 42 Jan Japan 2.07 680 2 * 12.7 mm Ho-103,
1 * 20 mm Ho-3 (100)
Nakajima Ki.44-I-Ko 42 Jan Japan (A) 2.28 720 4 * 12.7 mm Ho-103 (250)
North American Mustang Mk.I 42 Feb USA 1.99 730 2 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2,
4 * 7.62 mm Browning .30
Republic P-47B Thunderbolt 42 Mar USA 4.85 1830 8 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2
Vought F4U-1 Corsair 42 Jun USA 3.64 1370 6 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2
Kawasaki Ki.61-I-Otsu 42 Mid Japan 2.28 720 4 * 12.7 mm Ho-103
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-5 42 Mid Germany 2.32 640 1 * 20 mm MG 151/20,
2 * 13 mm MG 131
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX 42 Jul Britain 2.24 1250 2 * 20 mm Hispano Mk.II,
4 * 7.7 mm Browning .303
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 42 Aug Germany 2.46 640 1 * 20 mm MG 151/20,
2 * 13 mm MG 131
Mitsubishi A6M3 Reisen 42 Aug Japan (N) 2.48 520 2 * 20 mm Type 99-2 (125),
2 * 7.7 mm Type 97
Lavochkin La-5 42 Sep USSR 2.56 950 2 * 20 mm ShVAK
Macchi C.205V Veltro 42 Sep Italy 3.69 970 2 * 20 mm MG 151/20,
2 * 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT
Lockheed P-38F Lightning 42 Sep USA 3.73 1420 1 * 20 mm Hispano,
4 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2
Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat 42 Oct USA 3.64 1370 6 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2
Nakajima Ki.43-II-Ko 42 Nov Japan (A) 1.14 360 2 * 12.7 mm Ho-103 (250)
Yakovlev Yak-9 42 Nov USSR 1.92 780 1 * 20 mm ShVAK,
1 * 12.7 mm UBS
Messerschmitt Me 410A-1/U2 42 Dec Germany 3.29 950 2 * 20 mm MG 151/20 (350),
4 * 7.92 mm MG 17 (1000)
Nakajima Ki.44-II-Otsu 42 Late Japan (A) 2.28 720 4 * 12.7 mm Ho-103 (250)
North American P-51B Mustang 43 EarlyUSA 3.64 1370 6 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2
Fiat G.55/I Centauro 43 Feb Italy 5.12 1330 3 * 20 mm MG 151/20,
2 * 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT
Reggiane Re.2005 Saggitario 43 Feb Italy 5.12 1330 3 * 20 mm MG 151/20,
2 * 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT
Kawanishi N1K1-J Shiden 43 Jul Japan (N) 2.11 820 4 * 20 mm Type 99-2
Kawasaki Ki.61-I-Otsu 43 Sep Japan (A) 3.69 1080 2 * 12.7 mm Ho-103,
2 * 20 mm MG 151/20
Bell P-63A-1 Kingcobra 43 Oct USA 2.63 1180 1 * 37 mm M4,
4 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2
Yakovlev Yak-3 43 Oct USSR 2.64 1080 1 * 20 mm ShVAK,
2 * 12.7 mm UBS
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIV 44 Jan Britain 2.24 1250 2 * 20 mm Hispano Mk.II,
4 * 7.7 mm Browning .303
Kawakaki Ki.61-I-KAI-Hei 44 Jan Japan 3.95 1310 2 * 20 mm Ho-5 (120),
2 * 12.7 mm Ho-103 (200)
Lavochkin La-7 44 Feb USSR 3.84 1420 3 * 20 mm B-20
Hawker Tempest Mk.V 44 Apr Britain 6.50 2300 4 * 20 mm Hispano Mk.V (200)
Nakajima Ki.84-I-Ko Hayate 44 Apr Japan (A) 3.95 1310 2 * 20 mm Ho-5 (150),
2 * 12.7 mm Ho-103 (350)
Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden-KAI 44 Jul Japan (N) 2.11 820 4 * 20 mm Type 99-2
Lockheed P-38L Lightning 44 Jul USA 3.73 1420 1 * 20 mm Hispano,
4 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2
Messerschmitt Me 262 44 Jul Germany 12.48 1590 2 * 30 mm MK 108 (100),
2 * 30 mm MK 108 (80)
Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 44 Aug Germany 3.87 1000 2 * 13 mm MG 131,
2 * 20 mm MG 151/20
Gloster Meteor Mk.III 44 Sep Britain 5.20 2010 4 * 20 mm Hispano Mk.III
Messerschmitt Bf 109K-4 44 Oct Germany 4.16 670 1 * 30 mm MK 108,
2 * 13 mm MG 131
Mitsubishi A6M5-Hei Reisen 44 Nov Japan (N) 3.49 1060 2 * 20 mm Type 99-2,
3 * 13.2 mm Type 3
Republic P-47M Thunderbolt 44 Dec USA 4.85 1830 8 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2
Kawakaki Ki.61-I-KAI-Tei 44 Late Japan (A) 7.51 1510 2 * 30 mm Ho-155,
2 * 12.7 mm Ho-103
Messerschmitt Bf 109K-6 44 Oct Germany 10.40 1470 3 * 30 mm MK 108,
2 * 13 mm MG 131
Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star 45 Feb USA 3.88 1370 6 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.21 45 Apr Britain 5.20 2010 4 * 20 mm Hispano Mk.II
Ryan FR-1 Fireball 45 May USA 2.75 920 4 * 12.7 mm Browning M2
Kawasaki Ki.100-I-Otsu 45 Jun Japan (A) 3.95 1310 2 * 12.7 mm Ho-103 (250),
2 * 20 mm Ho-5 (250)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-13 45 Nov USSR 3.84 1420 3 * 20 mm B-20
Vought F4U-5 Corsair 46 Apr USA 7.37 2600 4 * 20 mm Hispano M3
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9 46 Oct USSR 8.69 2070 1 * 37 mm N-37,
2 * 23 mm NS-23
McDonnell FH-1 Phantom 46 Oct USA 2.59 920 4 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M2
Lavochkin La-7 47 Feb USSR 7.32 1740 4 * 23 mm NS-23
Yakovlev Yak-15 47 May USSR 3.66 870 2 * 23 mm NS-23
Republic F-84B Thunderjet 47 Aug USA 5.82 1940 6 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M3
Yakovlev Yak-17 47 Late USSR 3.66 870 2 * 23 mm NS-23
North American FJ-1 Fury 48 Mar USA 5.82 2200 6 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M3
North American F-86A Sabre 48 May USA 5.82 2200 6 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M3
McDonnell F2H-1 Banshee 48 Aug USA 7.37 2600 4 * 20 mm Hispano M3
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 48 Dec USSR 8.69 2070 1 * 37 mm N-37,
2 * 23 mm NS-23
Yakovlev Yak-23 49 EarlyUSSR 3.66 870 2 * 23 mm NS-23
Vought F6U-1 Pirate 49 Mar USA 7.37 2600 4 * 20 mm Hispano M3
Grumman F9F-2 Panther 49 May USA 7.37 2600 4 * 20 mm Hispano M3
Lavochkin La-15 49 Late USSR 3.66 870 2 * 23 mm NS-23
Lockheed F-94A 50 May USA 3.88 1470 4 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M3
Northrop F-89A Scorpion 50 Sep USA 11.05 3900 6 * 20 mm M24
A.W. Meteor NF Mk.11 50 Nov Britain 6.50 2300 4 * 20 mm Hispano Mk.V (160)
de Havilland Venom 51 Jun Britain 6.50 2300 4 * 20 mm Hispano Mk.V
Supermarine Attacker 51 Aug Britain 6.50 2300 4 * 20 mm Hispano Mk.V
Grumman F9F-6 Cougar 51 Dec USA 7.37 2600 4 * 20 mm Hispano M3
North American F-86F Sabre 52 Mar USA 5.82 2200 6 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M3
Supermarine Swift F Mk.1 52 Aug Britain 9.53 2970 2 * 30 mm Aden
Avro Canada CF-100 Mk.3 52 Sep Canada 7.76 2200 8 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M3
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 52 Oct USSR 11.37 2710 1 * 37 mm N-37,
2 * 23 mm NR-23
North American FJ-2 Fury 52 Nov USA 7.32 3740 4 * 20 mm Mk.12
Hawker Hunter F.1 53 May Britain 19.06 5950 4 * 30 mm Aden
North American F-86H Sabre 53 Sep USA 11.44 6070 4 * 20 mm M39
Yakovlev Yak-25 53 Late USSR 10.03 2400 2 * 37 mm N-37L
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak 54 Jan USA 5.82 2200 6 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M3
Dassault Mystere IVA 54 May France 11.90 5550 2 * 30 mm DEFA 541
Douglas F4D-1 Skyray 54 Jun USA 7.32 3740 4 * 20 mm Mk.12
Gloster Javelin FAW Mk.1 54 Jul Britain 19.06 5948 4 * 30 mm Aden
North American FJ-4 Fury 54 Oct USA 7.32 3740 4 * 20 mm Mk.12
Canadair CL-13B Sabre 6 54 Nov Canada 5.82 2198 6 * 12.7 mm Browning .50 M3
North American F-100C Super Sabre 55 Jan USA 11.44 6072 4 * 20 mm M39
McDonnell F3H-2 Demon 55 Apr USA 7.32 3740 4 * 20 mm Mk.12
North American F-86K Sabre 55 May USA 7.37 2600 4 * 20 mm M24
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 56 Mid USSR 18.45 5610 3 * 30 mm NR-30
Supermarine Scimitar 57 Jan Britain 9.53 5948 4 * 30 mm Aden
Vought F8U-1 Crusader 57 Mar USA 7.32 3740 4 * 20 mm Mk.12
Grumman F11F-1 Tiger 57 May USA 7.32 3740 4 * 20 mm Mk.12
Dassault Super Mystere B.2 57 May France 11.90 2000 2 * 30 mm DEFA 30M552
McDonnell F-101C Voodoo 57 Aug USA 11.44 6072 4 * 20 mm M39
Republic F-105B Thunderchief 58 May USA 11.11 5950 1 * 20 mm M61A1
Lockheed F-104A Starfighter 58 Dec USA 6.73 3600 1 * 20 mm M61
English Electric Lightning F Mk.1 59 Oct Britain 9.53 2974 2 * 30 mm Aden
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F 59 Late USSR 12.30 3740 2 * 30 mm NR-30
Sukhoi Su-7B 60 EarlyUSSR 12.30 3740 2 * 30 mm NR-30
Dassault Mirage IIIC 60 Oct France 11.90 2000 2 * 30 mm DEFA 30M552
Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter 63 Oct USA 5.72 3036 2 * 20 mm M39
Dassault Mirage IIIE 64 Jan France 11.90 2000 2 * 30 mm DEFA 30M552
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21PFM 64 Mid USSR 11.33 3100 1 * 23 mm GSh-23L
Dassault Mirage F.1 69 Mar France 11.90 2000 2 * 30 mm DEFA 30-553
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23M 70 Late USSR 11.33 3100 1 * 23 mm GSh-23L
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21bis 72 Feb USSR 11.33 3100 1 * 23 mm GSh-23L
Grumman F-14 Tomcat 72 Oct USA 11.11 5950 1 * 20 mm M61A1
Northrop F-5E Tiger II 73 Mid USA 5.72 3036 2 * 20 mm M39
McDonnell F-15A Eagle 74 Nov USA 11.11 5950 1 * 20 mm M61A1
Saab JA37 Viggen 77 Nov Sweden 8.10 4300 1 * 30 mm Oerlikon KCA
General Dynamics F-16A 78 Aug USA 11.11 5950 1 * 20 mm M61A1
Dassault Mirage 2000C 82 Nov France 16.50 2770 2 * 30 mm GIAT 30-554
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-31 82 Late USSR 26.67 7300 1 * 23 mm GSh-6-23
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 82 Late USSR 12.00 4750 1 * 30 mm GSh-301 (100)
McDonnell F/A-18A Hornet 83 Jan USA 11.11 5950 1 * 20 mm M61A1 (570)
Panavia Tornado F.3 85 Nov Britain 7.37 3870 1 * 27 mm BK 27
Saab JAS39 Gripen 93 May Sweden 7.37 3870 1 * 27 mm BK 27
Sukhoi Su-27 USSR 7.37 4750 1 * 30 mm GSh-301 (150)

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