Skip to comments.Man Fired Civil War Cannon at His Neighbors for EIGHT DAYS During Dispute
Posted on 11/15/2013 5:39:08 PM PST by nickcarraway
A 52-year-old man who allegedly fired a Civil War cannon at his neighbor's house for eight days straight during an ongoing feud was arrested yesterday.
New York's Brian J. Malta is accused of repeatedly firing the antique long tom, loaded with a powder charge and wadding, at the Prosser Hill Road, Jamestown property.
While it is not illegal to own a cannon, deputies reportedly confiscated it because it was used maliciously.
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I guess he shot his wad, huh?
Not illegal!?! I’m building me() a cannon. Pnowered with welding staples (supplies). Shoot some pumpkin.
It’s hard to hit your neighbor’s house when cannon balls are outlawed.
Could have tried a pumpkin. Those suckers can fly (See the show “Chunkin’ Pumpkins”.
Boom! Shaka Laka ....Boom!
I have to wonder just what in the blue hell that neighbor did to rile this man up so much that he fired a civil war cannon at his neighbor's house for eight straight days.
Just damn! I have neighbors I don't like too, I want a cannon!!
I have always wanted a cannon.
When (not if) Santa brings me one...I’ll keep the pumpkin idea for use at that time.
Did he hit anything?
Probably not as big a boom as my neighbors’ low-rider stereo.
And what kind of wuss puts up with getting shot at for 8 days? Blanks, so what? Plenty are dead because of “blanks” (Brandon Lee a notable example).
Myth Busters ran into some issues when they loaded balls.
All that shooting, and he didn’t kill anyone? I guess he needs some training in how to aim.
If the neighbors had any gumption they would have sneaked in in the night and drove an iron spike in the touch hole.
No idea, haven't been able to stop laughing to think about that yet, ROFL!!!
Santa Clause brought me a cannon, but it only launches BBs.
Sanity Clause brought me a cannon, but it only launches BBs.
I read an article by a fellow who asserted that he used a 3 inch civil war era design mountain howitzer to take a deer.
Poor deer. It was hit by about 10 of the 12 gauge size balls (.73 inch or 18mm diameter).
Grape shot! Darn!
This guy needs some psychological help. He also looks like a convict. He’s got the unibrow thing going on.
Grapeshot?! You shoulda seen his cannon!
The article doesn’t say how often he fired it, or how the neighbor knew that it was directed at his house.
We had a neighbor at our summer place in Maine who used to fire a sunset cannon every night.
Was this guy firing his cannon repeatedly? Or daily? At the neighbor’s house? Not a very well written article.
But isn’t the Obama administration buying up the worlds supply of cannon balls?
Pretty high deductible though . . .
Some people SERIOUSLY want one...
Or, you can make a "spud gun". We lobbed potatoes more than 100 YARDS using veggie oil and hair spray mixture for propellant...
Had a friend where I lived in NM who owned a huge CW Cannon. It was on a iron tread oak wheel carriage, but was designed as a naval cannon for a fixed emplacement.
He would shoot it every 4th of July. (he was the local medical examiner)
You could not pull the cannon on an asphalt road. The wheel width and weight of the cannon made it a hazard to the road surface itself. It had to be transported by transport truck. HEAVY
But it was loud.
Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!!! :D
A medical examiner with a cannon...ya gotta love it!
OK, grapefruit shot.
try this link (I am on phone) http://www.ebaumsworld.com/audio/play/1069737/
Its hard to hit your neighbors house when cannon balls are outlawed.
Not Really, Find a bottle or can just the right size to go down the muzzle, fill it with cement and load ‘er up.
Canister at 20 yards
no doubt! good for him...
hope it felt good!
Good thing he didn’t have a recording of the 1812 Overture.
Yep, and he was a great guy.
Better yet.....loaded it up with a double charge and filled the barrel with mud...
...light LONG fuse and retire to a safe location.
Due to popular demand (mine), I’ll tell this true story, for posterity.
A young man named Lars worked in our family store back in the 1960’s. He was a Civl War reenactor out of Baltimore and often went to enactments on the weekend.
On one trip, they ended up somewhere in southern Virginia, where, after the action and while still in dirty uniforms, they decided to get something to eat on the road.
They stopped at a bar and grill and walked in, still in their uniforms, and asked to be served. They were turned away as “dirty hippies” or something like that.
Well, these guys were hungry and pissed, plus they had a 5 lb. cannon with them, so they headed to a nearby McDonald’s for food and supplies.
The supplies were dozens of hamburgers filled with ketchup, mustard and pickles. Then they ramrodded them into the powder-loaded cannon and went back to the bar and grill. There they fired the cannon point-blank at the door, blowing it in and spraying the place with burgers.
Then it was back to the roadtrip for home.
They felt pretty safe from the law because what police officer would check out a call from a bar that said a bunch of Yankee/Confederate soldiers blew in their door with a hamburger-loaded cannon.
Sometimes you’ve got to say “What the hey, and good for it” (Richy Brockelman character in “The Rockford Files).
Dixie Gun Works used to sell a cannon whose bore size fit a frozen juice can perfectly. They suggested filling the can with cement for ammo.
re “A medical examiner with a cannon..ya gotta love it!”.
Well, when business was slow he went out and created some.
Probably obsessive compulsive disorder.
Actually grape shot was linked together with a chain, raised he** with a troop formation. What you are referring to is called canister. Canister was still in use back in the 1950s-'60s when I was in the army. It was used extensively in the Pacific against the Japanese during WWII, usually out of 37MM cannon.
Maybe, but still pretty darn funny.
Amendment 10 - Powers of the States and People.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Have to check the particular state to find the ruling about firing a cannon at your neighbor.
That's "chain shot". Used a lot on sailing ships to tear up rigging, but also used on land. Grape shot were just bags of oversized musket balls. Later, they started putting it into metal canisters which blew apart when they left the barrel. About the same time a British artillery officer named Henry Shrapnel came up with a way to make a shell lined with grapeshot that exploded over the enemy's heads.
Doesn’t need a ball. The shock wave will do a lot of damage on its own
Yes it is! :D