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The section 1 Cannon

Any cannon that has a barrel that is less that 2 feet long and has a bore of less than 2 inches requires a section 1 certificate, although anything above this size is considered to be a shotgun you will be hard pressed to find a range or large enough bank balance to support it

Most ranges are now approving the use of both .5 cal & .69 cal hardware with .69 fast becoming the most popular

2 main types are also available

Naval Cannon

Field Cannon

As the equipment is unusual it soon draws a crowd of onlookers wishing to know more

Using the equipment

You need to start of with something to protect the end of the barrel from damage

I have found some packing foam with holes conveniently already in place works wonderfully

Now some black powder

Having it pre-measured in small vials means that there is much less possibility of a double charge plus if there was an issue such as a fire there would be much less volatile fuel immediately available

Insert the powder into the barrel, if available a long stem funnel should be used to prevent powder sticking to the sides of the barrel


Add the ball and patch

Whilst pushing them into the bore, remember to put your thumb over the fuse hole or powder will escape

Strap the cannon down, I find that bungee cords do a great job of absorbing the recoil


Take aim & insert a fuse

Light and step back

To prevent issues with reloading I have found that I need to clean the barrel after every shot

With no bucket of water handy, kitchen wipes provide a quick fix & are handy for cleaning everything else at the end of the session



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