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Kentucky Colonel

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PostSubject: A Big Boom   A Big Boom EmptyDecember 8th 2018, 9:20 pm

I was asked to do a black powder demonstration and history lecture for a group of middle schoolers at a Renaissance Festival. I prepared short comments, borrowed a blunderbuss, and brought one of my flintlocks. I would shoot the rifle (sans ball), set off a small pile of black powder, and burn artistic patterns into wood using arranged black powder. 

I was set next to the HM Royal Artillery. I struck up an amiable black powder conversation with Robert Russell who was in charge of the cannons. 

That's right. Cannons. 

We hit it off and pretty soon I found myself with a surprise invitation to fire a scale version of the cannon from Old Ironside- the USS Constitution.

I discovered that I do not have the will power to say no if someone offers me the chance to fire a cannon. 

It was made clear to me that I was being afforded an honor. Only 5 people outside the HM Royal Artillery had ever been invited to fire one of these cannons. 

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Boom! It was full daylight, fellas! This makes it look like we shot at night. We didn't.

It was an intense, surprising, and wonderful thing. Bucket list item achieved.

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PostSubject: Re: A Big Boom   A Big Boom EmptyDecember 8th 2018, 11:09 pm

One of the guys in my club builds his own scaled down cannons. I've crewed for him on a few occasions and they are indeed fun to shoot. This one is a 1" scale Napolean cannon.
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Location : UT
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PostSubject: Re: A Big Boom   A Big Boom EmptyDecember 9th 2018, 2:01 pm

Here's a match of shooting cannons between a group of North South boys that had just won 2nd place in a National Cannon Match and a group of buckskinners with a member's keel boat cannon.

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Who do you think wins, Civil War guys, or the rag-tagged buckskinners ???

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PostSubject: Re: A Big Boom   A Big Boom EmptyDecember 10th 2018, 6:54 pm

I have been invited to come to a Ren Faire in February and join in for another cannon shot. If I can make it, I will. They say they have more and bigger cannon there. This is one of the pics they shared with me.

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PostSubject: Re: A Big Boom   A Big Boom EmptyDecember 11th 2018, 11:58 am

Cannons are fun to shoot, but very expensive for the ball and the powder - WOW.

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PostSubject: Re: A Big Boom   A Big Boom EmptyDecember 11th 2018, 6:05 pm

Looks like a lot of fun

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