PARROT RIFLE CANNONKit

 

American Civil War 1861-1865

PARROT RIFLE CANNON

10-POUNDER 1860

Cast iron artillery was very accurate, but it was brittle and prone to fracture. Captain Robert P. Parrott, superintendent of the West Point Foundry, created a stronger piece by reinforcing the cast iron with a band of wrought iron around the breech. The iron band was welded into one piece and forced onto the breach while it was red hot. Cold water was then poured down the muzzle, allowing the band to shrink and attach uniformly.

Captain Parrott made the first of these rifles that carry his name in 1860 and patented it in 1861. The piece was extremely versatile, firing both fused and point impacting explosive rounds, along with shot (solid ball) and grape (large charge of small balls). With an effective range of over 2,000 yards, the Parrott Rifle became one of the favorite pieces of both the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.


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#195-974-7 Parrot Rifle Cannon, 10 pounder kit
• Historically accurate and perfectly scaled
• Cleanly cast Britannia metal components
• Authentically detailed cannon barrel
• Realistic spoked wood and metal wheels to assemble to assemble
• Clearly written illustrated instructions
• Easy to build - assembly and painting time 5-10 hours
Dimensions: Length: 8" Height: 4-1/2" Width: 3-1/3" Scale:1/16
Price: US$110.00 on special US$65.95

 

#195-975-9 AMMUNITION CAISSON KIT
The caisson was a two-wheeled carriage used to transport ammunition. It carried two ammunition chests and a spare wheel. A stock ending in a crescent moon-shaped lunette allowed the caisson to be hooked to a limber, just like any artillery piece. A caisson with its limber thus held three ammunition chests. The limber hauling the gun carriage was equipped with another, for a total of four ammunition chests per team. When taken into battle, a caisson was always attached to a limber and pulled by a team of four to six horses. The caisson crew was under the direction of a corporal, who reported to the sergeant in charge of the gun to which the caisson was assigned. A fully loaded caisson and limber combination weighed 3,811 pounds. Caissons belonging to the Union were painted olive drab, those of the Confederacy were gray.

Historically accurate and perfectly scaled
• Cleanly cast Britannia metal components
• Authentically detailed ammunition chest
• Realistic spoked wood and metal wheels to assemble
• Clearly written illustrated instructions
• Easy to build - assembly and painting time 5-10 hours
Dimensions: Length:103" Width: 4" Height: 3-3/4" Scale:1/16
Price: US$110.00 on special US$65.95

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