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matchlock34 02-27-2013 10:02 AM

Question regarding old manuscripts
Dear all,

I am happy to be member here. I am doing some reading and reseach on old manuscripts on guns and artillery. Do you know any manuals on artillery from 18-19 century Europe? I realls appreciat your help


c3shooter 02-27-2013 12:50 PM

You will be likely to encounter a couple of difficulties- the first being lack of literacy amongst the ordinary gun bunny of the day.

Remember that for that period of time, you will be speaking of smoothbore, direct fire (except for a few mortars), line-of-sight to target. Much that may have been taught, but not read, by the guy with the rammer in his hand.

However, why not ask the Motherland- US Army Field Artillery Museum, Ft. Sill OK? (580) 442-1819

nitestalker 02-27-2013 02:00 PM

The development of field artillery had moved into a rather complicated ballistic science by the 1860s. West Point was turning out very talented engineers in ordnance by the 1850s. Look up the Rodman Gun and its inventor.:)

c3shooter 02-27-2013 02:38 PM

Absolutely- including using math to calculate shell fall for non-line of sight fire- but I was thinking of the 1700s.

matchlock34 02-27-2013 06:56 PM

Many thanks gentlemen. I will surely ask the museum. There re two manuscripts on Congreve rockets and I thought there should be also manuscripts on artillery and other weapons from the period

alsaqr 03-03-2013 10:51 PM

Modern day cannon accidents:

GeneralPatton 03-07-2013 03:39 AM

The only thing I know for sure is my great uncle was part of the Enola Gay flight crew. My Grandfather had secured a copy of the schematics to Fat Man and Little Boy done by engineers like we do CAD these days. Unfortunately he passed away a few month back,,,,,,just before that I had asked him about the sheet and he said oh that one where your great uncle jimmy was with Enola Gay crew and those bomb schematics. Its' been 6 months and we haven't found it yet,

nitestalker 03-07-2013 04:18 AM

A very interesting item of war was the grenade. This is a very old weapon. The Corps of soldiers who were trained to throw them were the Special Forces of their days. The Grenadiers were the elite units of the past.:)

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