Range day with a cannon!!!
- Published on Jun 13, 2017
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* Correction * The CGV was under the impression that this cannon was over 300 years old. We just found out now that it is a reproduction. We apologize for the confusion folks!
Well we have gone and done it now.
We got together with Sam the Cannon man and he warned us that he was going to be bringing something special....and BOY DID HE EVER!!!!
He brought what he referred to as a "2 pounder" and it would have been capable of firing GOLF BALL SIZE PROJECTILES with DEVASTATING EFFECT back in the 1600's.
This type of item would have ordinarily been made of iron and either placed on a rolling carriage or mounted on battleships during this time period.
I have to admit.....cannons make even the CGV a bit nervous.
The amount of explosives loaded into this thing was so ridiculously large compared to anything else I have ever used I couldn't help but feel a little bit of apprehension when Sammy stepped away from this thing even for the briefest of moments. LOL
Using electric matches and a homemade old school box plunger detonator, I felt like I was caught somewhere between the Wild West and the Pirates of the Caribbean.
It was truly an exciting and at certain moments a frightening experience.
We don't recommend that novice participants go out and purchase a unit this size for learning the ropes with black powder cannons. Its only because Sam is well known as the resident authority on black powder and pyrotechnic expert that we felt comfortable participating in this great exercise in learning about cannons from this incredible age gone by.
Smaller table sized units are available like the one seen towards the ending of the video that definitely offer and exciting experience without quite the same ferocious level of BOOM that the two pounder puts out.
Larger Cannons are still found throughout Canada and have quite often been in a given family's possession for multiple decades, and sometimes even centuries. How cool would having a family cannon be? ;)
We apologize for the lack of impact and down range footage. Our GoPro malfunctioned!!! Just believe me when I say that Sammy here is a master at formulating the correct load and trajectories with this formidable beast, and that we came within a foot of our target at 100 yards!!!!!!
THANKYOU AGAIN SAM FOR BEING PART OF THE MAGIC
and giving everyone an opportunity to have a glimpse into the wonderful world of cannon use and a rarely seen part of the firearm community.