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To: azhenfud
Indeed! My model 1861 Parrott puts out a muzzle blast of over 50 feet with just a blank charge in it. The danger cone is 100 yards in front of the gun when we fire it. A premature ignition could launch a seven foot long oak sponge-rammer like a javelin and cripple or kill the #1 crewman, so we are extremely careful about our firing procedures.

Over my 15 years in re-enacting, I have seen thankfully few injuries. Most of these seemed to have been caused by carelessness or excitement, but a couple by alcohol or other mind-altering substances.

My battery will not hesitate to pull our guns off the field if we think an event is not safe. I scouted one event near me this season to see if it would be worth adding to our schedule next year, but I am vetoing it because of the carelessness and drunkenness I saw.

43 posted on 10/01/2008 5:12:39 PM PDT by RebelBanker (May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.)
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To: RebelBanker

When we do soldiers’ grave marker dedication services, I’m always impressed with the Parrot rifle firing its three volleys accompanying the seven riflemen. The black powder smoke really drives home the experience those men (of both sides) experienced, especially realizing most of those men walked upright right into the ranges of those weapons.


44 posted on 10/01/2008 6:25:03 PM PDT by azhenfud (The government is not best which secures life and property-there is a more valuable thing-manhood.)
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