View Full Version : Me and a friend playing with our miniature coehorn mortars.

December 31, 2010, 05:15 PM
Here's some videos from the tests. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhjRFoM_DqU&feature=&p=60705A2728AA099C&index=0&playnext=1)

It was a lot of fun. Made the mortar barrels on my lathe from cold-rolled steel. They are .35 caliber and here we are firing them with pyrodex. Had a little trouble working up a blank load with a good report using the pyrodex, but wrapping a little flour in aluminum foil and using it as a projectile seemed to do the trick.

Here are some pics of the one I made. It is the shorter of the two.




As an aside, does anyone know where to get some real black powder in the Portland, OR area?

December 31, 2010, 08:01 PM
That's neat, thanks!:cool:

Edit to add, all of those were blanks firing, yes? Is there a place you can actually try firing a real ball safely?

December 31, 2010, 09:07 PM
Yep, all blanks. As for firing real balls, I can always go out to the boonies, I just have no idea how far it might go on an indirect trajectory so I am a little leery about it. In the meantime, it's a fun little noisemaker and will be a good way to ring in the new year.