The gun had a 3 inches calibre
Each gun weighed 1,143 kg
It had a range of 9000 meters
It fired a 5.2 kg high explosive shell and a 7.2 kg shrapnel shell.
It was first made in 1897 and by 1914, the French Army had 4000 of these guns
By the end of the war, the French had 17,000 of them.
firing rate was 20 rounds a minute - considered remarkably high for the era.