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Brian, I found another article of my dad's today where he called them 5' broadside guns. Would these be the ones you are talking about?
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"broadside guns" would be the ones in the casemates, below the main deck.  Since they didn't have any way to point up very high without striking the deck above they weren't given any great elevation ability.  They were like the broadside of an wooden ship of the line, sticking out from the side of the ship.  I imagine several of the admirals that put final approval on her design had sailed in wooden ships.  
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Joan,  Yes, those would be the ones.  At the time of the NEVADA's construction, those 5" guns were the secondary armament, the primary being the ten 14" rifles in the turrets.  The third level of armament was the anti-aircraft guns; shorter barreled 5" guns (5"/38 and 5"/25).  So you know, the 5"/25 designation means that the caliber or bore diameter is 5 inches, and the barrel length is 25 times the caliber, or about 10 ft. 5in.  This means that the secondary battery guns (5"/51's) had barrel lengths of 255 inches, or 21ft. 3in.
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