So I noticed a long time ago in World of Tanks when I look at any gun specifications, for Aiming time It gives me a value (Lets say 2.7), and then once I go in battle, the reload time says 5.1 (Near the aiming circle)!

My point is, there is no indication while looking at gun specifications where the real Aiming time (Time in (s) to reload a shell) like the once displayed in battle. This is really bad sinse I dont know how much time it takes for that gun to reload!

Where is located (What piece of text) the time to reload a shell in World of Tanks?

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    Aiming time and reload time are two separate numbers, yet you seem to be using them interchangeably. The reload time is the time it takes from when you fire to when the next shell is loaded. Aiming time is how long it takes for the aiming circle to fully shrink after moving or firing (though the actual time it takes is affected by a number of hidden stats on each tank). Both numbers are displayed under the "Firepower" section when you select a tank in your garage.
    – au revoir
    Apr 27, 2018 at 4:17

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You are confusing reload and aiming time, they are not the same thing.

The reload time of the gun is the time it takes to load a shell in the gun. After reloading you can fire. The reload time for a tank is visible in the firepower section in your garage (see red arrow in the screenshot below).

Aiming time is the time for the tank to fully aim so it will fire with it's maximum accuracy. It is possible to fire the gun before you fully aim, but it is less likely you will hit your intended target. See the blue arrow below for where to find aiming time.

Aim vs reload in world of tanks

Please note that you will need to re-aim after moving the tank, or rotating the turret as the aiming timer will be (partially) reset when doing that.

  • Oh wow. They changed it. It was confusing before the new update, but now its easier to know.
    – GamerM
    May 27, 2018 at 14:00
  • Isn't the aiming time the time to reduce the size of the aiming reticle by a 1/3 and not the time to fully aim?
    – DrP3pp3r
    Jan 2, 2019 at 10:55
  • @DrP3pp3r Aiming time is the time necessary to reduce reticle by 60%, not 1/3 nor fully aim (in this screenshot, the fully aiming time would be a little more than 4 seconds)
    – damadam
    Dec 12, 2019 at 11:15

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