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Last canon firing

July 26, 2014 1 comment

One of my more interesting duties as Fort Vancouver volunteer is demo’ing black powder. Last weekend, we did rifle and canon firing. My duties were firing the canon. Pictures below.

The canon is an 1841 Mountain Howitzer, very popular in the day as it was effective, light, and transportable. It could be broken down and carried on two horses or mules. It was optimized for firing explosive shells as well as spherical case and canister. Its range was about 1,000 yards. It was popular in the Civil War, especially in the west because it did not require roads to transport.

The 1841 Mountain Howitzer

The 1841 Mountain Howitzer

Ready for action

Ready for action

Cleaning the barrel

Cleaning the barrel

Waiting for the charge to be delivered

Waiting for the charge to be delivered

Ready for the Fire command

Ready for the Fire command

FIRE!

FIRE!

And from the other side....

And from the other side….

Memorial Day Gun Salute

Fort Vancouver has a gun and cannon salute to Memorial Day, using vintage rifles, pistols, and a cannon.  I took some pictures to show some of the people we work with, and of the firing itself.  High speed photos showed some interesting things not usually visible.

Picture taken just as Luda pulls the trigger

You can just see the smoke from the flash pan

Firing, just after the bullet leaves the rifle

Mike firing his revolver. Note the smoke blowing back as well as forward.

Jeff gives a pull on the firing cord....

Cannon firing. Note the primer material blowing upwards from the firing hole.

Aaron, our fearless leader

Cassie, during her presentation

Jeff and Luda, at ease