.69 Cannon

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 firearms 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 & Field.

.69 cal Field Cannon
.69 cal Naval cannon

Using the equipment

Prepare all equipment ready for the reloading process
You need to start off with something to protect the barrel from damage
I have found that packing foam with holes conveniently already in place works wonderfully
Now for some black powder. Having it pre-measured in small vials assists the user to develop a set process which significantly improves safety by significantly removing the possibility of a double charge plus means there is less fuel around the firing point in case of accidents.
Insert the powder into the barrel, if possible a long stem funnel should be used to prevent powder sticking to contaminants on the side of the barrel, this will ensure a consistent charge to help with accuracy
Add the ball and patch
Whilst pushing the ball & patch to the bottom of the barrel, remember to block the fuse hole to prevent powder from escaping
Strap the Cannon down, I find that bungee cords do a great job of absorbing the recoil, then take aim & insert the fuse
Ears on, step back & light up
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