Gas breakdown in quasi homogeneous electric fields with amplitudes of up to 3 MV/cm is investigated. The setup consists of a RADAN 303 A pulser and pulse sheer SN 4, an impedance-matched oil-filled coaxial line with a lens-transition to a biconical line in vacuum or gas, and an axial or radial gap with a width on the order of mm, with a symmetrical arrangement on the other side of the gap. Capacitive voltage dividers allow to determine voltage across as well as conduction current through the gap, with a temporal resolution determined by the oscilloscope sampling rate of 20 GS/s and an analog bandwidth of 6 GHz. The gap capacitance charging time and voltage risetime across the gap is less than 250 ps. Previous experiments at TTU with a slightly larger risetime have shown that breakdown is governed by runaway electrons, with multi-channel formation and high ionization and light emission in a thin cathode layer only. In argon and air, time constants for the discharge development have been observed to have a minimum of around 100 ps at several 10 torr. A qualitative understanding of the observed phenomena and their dependence on gas pressure is based on explosive field emission and gaseous ionization for electron runaway conditions.