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Old 12-18-2012, 02:09 AM   #1
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Wat makes a bullet a cannon? Like a 50 cal. And it's it the size of the bullet when thay start calling it a cannon.

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Old 12-18-2012, 02:14 AM   #2
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Wat makes a bullet a cannon? Like a 50 cal. And it's it the size of the bullet when thay start calling it a cannon.
There is a very specific size bore diameter that steps into the category of "destructive device". I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I believe it's around about .52 in a cartridge firing weapon. C3 would know, and I suspect he'll step in here shortly.

My opinion? A cannon is something that uses loose or bagged black powder or gun cotton and has a bore diameter of at least one inch, or a shot weight of at least 3 pounds. That's opinion based though. Extra points if it's carriage or pintle mounted.

I'll check with Mister Webster and see if there's an actual definition.
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Well that simplifies it I guess...

1
plural usually cannon
a : a large heavy gun usually mounted on a carriage
b : a heavy-caliber automatic aircraft gun firing explosive shells


And destructive device...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destructive_device

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Wat makes a bullet a cannon? Like a 50 cal. And it's it the size of the bullet when thay start calling it a cannon.
Around 20mm I believe...
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Around 20mm I believe...
Thats the correct defintion from where on upward a gun/rifle gets classed as a Cannon.
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Wat makes a bullet a cannon? Like a 50 cal. And it's it the size of the bullet when thay start calling it a cannon.
In aviation, cannon generally describes weapons firing bullets larger than 0.5 inches (12.7 mm) in diameter.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannon
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IIRC, destructive cdevices have a bore diameter over 1/2 inch.

IOW, .50 cal is okay, .51 cal is destructive. Incredibly stupid definition, but what do you expect from liberals???

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Like Trip said, a gun fires a bullet. A cannon, an explosive projectile.
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In the mil anything .50 and under is "small arms" anything above is classified as heavy

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Like Trip said, a gun fires a bullet. A cannon, an explosive projectile.
Cannon also fire cannister shot, (buckshot on steroids) sabot rounds and solids.

Also, in military terminology, a "GUN" is a cannon. The weapon you shoot from you shoulder is a "rifle."

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