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Old 5th August 2009, 10:53 PM   #1
fernando
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Default A stupendous hand cannon

This is really a little beast ... all 7,7 Kgs of it .
I was wondering why the touch hole is so advanced, almost in the middle of the barrel .
Guys, i couldn't believe it. The touch hole in right on the basis of the bore; which means that this cannon a thickness of 8 cms. on its rear.
Perhaps the user was thinking that this piece lasted long enough to be loaded with contemporaneous smokeless powder .
Say Michael, is this a common characteristic in (early) hand cannons?
Its total length is 23 cms. and the caliber aprox. 3 cms.
Meanwhile i am making a rest for it. The wood is afzelia. I will have to decide if i give it some colour, like dye it with vieux chaine.
The screws are provisional; i will replaced them with early handmade rustic nails. I will try and find an old ring to apply in its rear, to simulate a suspension option
Ah, the cat is Adriano; he didn't want to move away .

Fernando

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