The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Conference Center > General Discussion Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old January 12, 2013, 01:28 PM   #1
Glenn E. Meyer
Staff
 
Join Date: November 17, 2000
Posts: 15,792
The 4 rules apply to cannons

Treat your cannon as if it was always loaded.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/12/ny...tral-park.html

You just have to laugh. It was a revolutionary war British cannon and when they went to clean it - it was loaded and ready to go.

Obviously, no one should be hurt but it is amusing if that ancient cannon went off - and hurt no one.
__________________
NRA, TSRA, IDPA, NTI, Polite Soc.
http://www.teddytactical.com/archive...05_Feature.htm
Being an Academic Shooter
http://www.teddytactical.com/archive...11_Feature.htm
Being an Active Shooter
Glenn E. Meyer is online now  
Old January 12, 2013, 01:35 PM   #2
sigcurious
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 25, 2011
Posts: 1,755
I do find two things particularly interesting. One that after all those years the powder was deemed to be in working condition(bet naval folk back in the day wished their powder stayed so dry), and two instead of just spreading out and burning off the powder, they moved it some place "for safekeeping".
sigcurious is offline  
Old January 12, 2013, 02:26 PM   #3
Rainbow Demon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 27, 2012
Posts: 397
Black Powder is such a simple formulation that you can soak it in water for decades then dry it out and it will still go off.
If the granules break down it can cause pressure problems but other wise its still an explosive mixture.

With ancient powder removed from such a cannon the powder could have historical significance and they may wish to analyse it to discover its origin.

There were many sources for BP in those days, with variations in quality of ingrediants. Each batch was tested to determine the exact powder charge needed.
Rainbow Demon is offline  
Old January 12, 2013, 02:34 PM   #4
sigcurious
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 25, 2011
Posts: 1,755
Yes but sitting in a park in NYC is not exactly the conditions where drying out if it became wet are likely.
sigcurious is offline  
Old January 12, 2013, 04:40 PM   #5
Alabama Shooter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 20, 2012
Location: Sweet Home
Posts: 886
That would be awfully neat if that cannon was loaded in the 1700s. I bet some historians would like to take a look at it, especially the powder.
__________________
Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.
Alabama Shooter is offline  
Old January 13, 2013, 04:38 AM   #6
Falcon5NZ
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 19, 2008
Location: Somewhere North of the Roaring 40's...Just
Posts: 273
Maybe they needed this guy

(Background to the video for non-Kiwi's: Over here we have an jobseek service called "seek" A few years ago they had a series of ads showing non-existant jobs, with the tagline "If it exists, you'll find it on seek". "Cannon Safety Inspector" was one of them. As soon as I read the article I thought of the ad.)
__________________
It is New Zealand's role to send out its bright young men and women to help run the rest of the world. And they go, not hating the country of their birth, but loving it. From this loving base they make their mark on the world.

Pro-1080 Poison and proud of it!!
Falcon5NZ is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:22 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07092 seconds with 7 queries