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Re: Swivle Guns

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  • Col Sjt Jones
    ... during loading and aimed while firing. Some seem to have provisions for tillers while others do not. ... It is easy and convenient for a modern re-enactor
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 30, 2000
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      --- In WarOf1812@egroups.com, "Stephen Allie" <allies@r...> wrote:
      > Does anyone have any information on how swivle guns were steadied
      during loading and aimed while firing. Some seem to have provisions
      for tillers while others do not.
      > Steve Allie

      It is easy and convenient for a modern re-enactor to acquire and
      mount a 1 pdr swivel gun and fire blanks. It is more difficult to
      research how they were actually used. Common sense dictates that a
      wooden stock was attached. (I am a great believer in common sense.)
      Have a look at the swivels on Pride of Baltimore II, which are
      equipped with wooden stocks. The swivels aboard Cartier's vessel at
      Newfoundland this year had underarm iron appendages. The 1 pdr
      breech loaders aboard the Mary Rose had underarm appendages.

      Doug
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