Re: Digest Number 166
Thanks for your note. I'm not building a "Grasshopper" or "Butterfly" that
I've seen so often. I'm getting a British Iron 3 pdr and carriage iron from
Cannons ltd. (48 inches long, 3 inch bore) I know the standard British tube
of the Rev War/ 1812 period was bronze, but Mr. Miller at Cannons says that
the gun this was copied from was iron. I figure many iron 3 pdrs were also
made in America during the Revolution. The carriage is a Congrieve standard
3 pdr. The carriage stats that Mr. Miller gave me called for a 42 inch
wheel. That seamed a little small to me, but I will trust his knowledge in
The Folks at Horseshoe Bend have also done some research on the guns used
there, but have not been able to determine what they looked like, what the
tubes were made of, or whether they had British or French style carriages.
I'd love to get a copy of the manual the MO Hist Society has. Do they have
What do most units use to ignite their guns? LInstock? Does anyone make
priming tubes and portfires?