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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 12:31 pm 
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I was looking at some old pictures of my re-enacting days and thought I would share a couple of them.
The gun is my Ten Pounder Parrott Rifle which I sold about 5 years ago.

The charge is 12 oz. of black powder.

It is a factor of 10 on the coolness gauge! 8)

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That's me on the right.

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A dawn battlefield.

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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 5:38 pm 
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That is cool. Lots of powder burning beyond the barrel. Maybe could use a little less powder. :)
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 1:33 am 
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I can only guess how cool it would be to light the fuse on one of those!

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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 9:48 am 
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DennisS wrote:
I can only guess how cool it would be to light the fuse on one of those!



Dennis,
No fuse on the big gun. It is fired the same way it was in the Civil War.
I use a friction primer and a 10' lanyard. The primer looks like a 1 1/2" long .22 shell with a twisted brass wire attached to it. You hook the lanyard to the wire and place it into the cannon vent hole. When you pull the lanyard, it rips the wire out which ignites the primer and shoots fire down into the powder charge. Quite effective.

If your hand was above the vent hole when the gun went off, it would turn it in to hamburger meat. :shock: :shock: :shock:

Between 12 oz. of powder and a friction primer, it cost about $12 a shot.

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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 11:56 am 
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Sounds rather complicated. Meaning I'll let you do it! (grin)

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