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    Default Firearms trivia question for Sunday April 26

    OK here is one right up Strangerinastrangeland's alley.

    Two photos.

    What are they?
    About what range did they work within?




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    I may be wrong but I think the Brass barreled shortie was used for testing black powder and the effective range was about zero.
    The trio with the muzzle cups were early grenade launchers for the round cast iron grenades with the fuze hanging out,range would be not too far.
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    Look like ship to ship line launchers to me, range maybe 50 to 75 yards.
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    The trio with the muzzle cups were early grenade launchers for the round cast iron grenades with the fuze hanging out,
    That part is correct. Grenadiers did more than just throw grenades.
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    Look like ship to ship line launchers to me, range maybe 50 to 75 yards.
    And while not their original purpose both types in both photos were eventually used for that purpose as well.
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    Arrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhh!!!!!

    The brass one is a Navel Whitermeyer (sp?)grenade launcher......also used to pop tar and sulpher 'flamebombs" (incendearies) up into the riggings/sails of ships to set them afire....and would also make an awsome shotgun to 'clear the decks', in a pinch, Id venture to say

    Powder 'proofing' testers look quite a bit different and most all are pistol gripped and sized.


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    All the powder testers I have seen have a flapper arrangement on the muzzle and a needle attached to it that reads agents a scale after it's fired.
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    Arrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhh!!!!!

    The brass one is a Naval Whitermeyer (sp?)grenade launcher......also used to pop tar and sulpher 'flamebombs" (incendearies) up into the riggings/sails of ships to set them afire....and would also make an awsome shotgun to 'clear the decks', in a pinch, Id venture to say
    Yes indeed, sometimes called a HAND MORTAR.

    Aorund 1808 there is a note referencing one battle against a tribe of Indigenious American Personel in which somebody loaded one with nearly a pound of black powder and 30 buckshot balls. It was fied into a mass charge at close range. I'll bet it kicked the heck out of whoever fired it.

    It was probably held against something like the ground or deck when used to lobe fire bombs.

    I found one site where a guy shot a tennis ball (about the right bore diameter) for 150 yards..

    Sorry about the typos, my eyes are full of volcanic ash, a bunch blew into my eyes earlier.

    I gotta go to Anchorage tommorrow for a week. Somebody needs to take over the trivia for this week.
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