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Different manufacturers and models of autocannons have different calibers (25mm-203mm) and rates of fire. Due to this, autocannons are grouped into generic "classes" of autocannons with common damage ratings, with '''Autocannon/20'''s doing massive damage while having very short range.<ref name="TMp207+"/>
This Autocannon can decapitate any 'Mech with one good hit to the head, regardless of the weight class. The head of any 'Mech cannot mount more than a little more than a tons worth of standard armor. The AC/20 is capable of ripping nearly a ton and a quarter of armor off a 'Mech in any given volley (or shot, based on the model). This is enough damage to take down even the heaviest of 'Mechs if aimed well. Only [[Hardened Armor]] or [[Ballistic-Reinforced Armor]] can save a [[MechWarrior]] from a hit from this class of cannon, if the full value of armor is mounted on the head of the 'Mech.
An example of the rating system: the Crusher Super Heavy Cannon is a 150mm weapon firing ten shells per "round" while the Chemjet Gun is a 185mm weapon firing much slower, and causing higher damage per shell. Despite their differences, both are classified as Autocannon/20s due to their damage output.