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3-Barrel Pole Cannon Fired after 500 Years


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The folks at Springfield Arsenal in Lorton, Virginia acquired a 16th Century cannon that would be fitted onto the end of a pole. It has three barrels. Presumably the musket nipple on the side of each barrel would be slapped against a hard surface, causing the gun to fire. At 2:55, they fire it with 75 grains of black power and a .69-caliber musket ball in each barrel.

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This is rather odd. Percussion caps were developed about 1830, based upon the discovery of fulminates in 1800. So if this is from the 16th century, it could not have been designed to be fired using percussion caps. If this is from the 16th century, it most definitely was not fired in the way they demonstrated (although that is a very interesting method).
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I concur with Just Some Guy. Percussion caps didn't exist before the early 19th century so this gun is either not 16th century or not originally percussion. I'm guessing it was originally matchlock or else fired by placing a length of fuse through those nipples and lighting one end.
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These guys have NO clue what they are talking about. If that hand cannon had percussion nipples installed it had to be after 1830. And it it is an original piece, 75 grains of black powder with a projectile could have provided enough force to blow a valuable artifact to pieces. Especially if they're bashing it against a hard surface while they're firing it. Medieval Iron can be pretty brittle.
To see more about how HandGonnes were fired check out this link.
http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~dispater/handgonnes.htm
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I guess "real men" no longer exist to this "man". While this guy was hiding behind his mothers skirt, "real men (and women)" were out making sure he could live in a free world.
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I'd hate to think someone calls these guys experts. when that was made the gunners would have a lit punk to fire it, as already pointed out percussion caps weren't invented yet.
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A close look at this toy will show that the bands holding the barrel tubes together are arc-welded on. Arc welding is a 20th century development. 90% entertainment and 10% BS.
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Here is a new thought...they need a curved pole in order to fire the darn thing and still be concealed behind the wall. But then, it would be a little hard to aim.

I thought the same thing about the percussion caps.

Bill
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