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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post

    Better sound:
    That looks a lot like the 10 gauge Winchester cannon our yacht club used when I was a kid. In this litigious day I can't imagine a knowledgeable adult having anything whatsoever to do with it. It was always an attraction to us 10 and 11 year olds, became less so when we aged a bit and it dangerously became just another fixture in the summer evening races.

    We all knew the cone of destruction from its bore, the scorched and flattened dandelions and grass perfectly delineated it. It was mounted on a piece of plywood. You had to place your foot on the plywood then pull the cable - put your foot in the wrong place and the thing could pivot around and the cone of destruction wound up in an unintended direction. Then there were the 10 gauge blanks rolling around in the storage box. I don't think anyone ever counted them. They were an attraction too. Only one young kid that I knew actually stole a couple. He couldn't hide the deed because of the burns on his face. He sat on the curb, emptied the powder from the blanks in the gutter in front of him and lit it.

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    Exactly the signal cannon. Childhood memories of sloppy storage and unsafe handling practices are valid, as are the many contemporary examples of firearms in the hands of children. It is incumbent on anyone who owns any firearm to take full responsibility.

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    ^ +1

    The cannon is neither safe nor unsafe. The people using it can be either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Wright View Post
    That looks a lot like the 10 gauge Winchester cannon our yacht club used when I was a kid. In this litigious day I can't imagine a knowledgeable adult having anything whatsoever to do with it. It was always an attraction to us 10 and 11 year olds, became less so when we aged a bit and it dangerously became just another fixture in the summer evening races.

    We all knew the cone of destruction from its bore, the scorched and flattened dandelions and grass perfectly delineated it. It was mounted on a piece of plywood. You had to place your foot on the plywood then pull the cable - put your foot in the wrong place and the thing could pivot around and the cone of destruction wound up in an unintended direction. Then there were the 10 gauge blanks rolling around in the storage box. I don't think anyone ever counted them. They were an attraction too. Only one young kid that I knew actually stole a couple. He couldn't hide the deed because of the burns on his face. He sat on the curb, emptied the powder from the blanks in the gutter in front of him and lit it.
    Sounds like he learned something. And remembered it!

    I knew a not so different young kid that stole those until he had collected enough powder to fill an metal airtight container. Then fitted a fuse from an M80, a book of matches and a lit cigarette. He got away with it!
    But there was quite an investigation, the military was involved...

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    Just another warning not to use plundered shotshells as blanks.
    Smokeless powder needs pressure to get proper burn rate which means that the wad might not even clear the barrel if fired without shot.
    This happend to my uncle, he made a dozen "blanks" for new years eve by emptying out the shot.
    On the sixth shot his barrel blew up. There were already two plastic wads stuck in there.

    He got to keep the fingers on his left hand but the scarring is impressive.

    This will probably not be a problem in a short barreled ignal cannon, but if someone has a backup shotgun they must be sure whats going into the barrels.
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    As usual, I have received all the information I was after and so, so much more. As it turns out, in CT I cannot buy ammo (yes, blanks are ammo) without a firearms license, and I have no desire to get one. I will just have to appoint an acting cannoneer.

    Many thanks to all for their opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phiil View Post
    As usual, I have received all the information I was after and so, so much more. As it turns out, in CT I cannot buy ammo (yes, blanks are ammo) without a firearms license, and I have no desire to get one. I will just have to appoint an acting cannoneer.

    Many thanks to all for their opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phiil View Post
    As usual, I have received all the information I was after and so, so much more. As it turns out, in CT I cannot buy ammo (yes, blanks are ammo) without a firearms license, and I have no desire to get one. I will just have to appoint an acting cannoneer.

    Many thanks to all for their opinions.
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