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  • #16120

    Coachwhip1865
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    I am a history junkie from way back. A 5th generation native of Indian Territory, an artillery reenactor and a sucker for ancient British history. Professionally I am an exotic animal veterinarian.

  • #19862

    anonymous
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    Hi & welcome!It must be a lot of fun being an artilleryman, especially in the States (you probably have your own howitzer in your back-yard!).Have you ever heard of Fort Glanville in South Australia?Its just down the road from me and is the best preserved colonial fort in Australia & the only one with its original artillery pieces.  They have their own re-enactors who put on great show as well as do other services such as being the catafalque party on ANZAC Days in their Artillery Blues & Martini-Henry Rifles.

  • #19863

    ScottFM
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    I love those 12lb Napoleon guns of the Civil War era! The history of artillery is also very interesting, so very cool that you are into it. Are you a US Civil War re-enacter as well? 

  • #19864

    Coachwhip1865
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    Thanks guys, yeah love those 12 pounders, I actually command a 6 pounder, which were used more often out here in the western theater. Yeah American Civil War is my primary area, but do a little 1880's and looking at Mexican/American war though that requires another uniform. Like Jamie I think history is taught too dry, nothin impresses like the muzzle blast of a cannon! We also command a British made gun called a Blakely which is pretty cool. @dan, Love Aussieland, your reptiles are amazing down there! I don't own my own gun yet but I am certainly working on it!

  • #19865

    Coachwhip1865
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    Forgot to mention that we are hosting a Live-fire competition shoot with period artillery pieces at Ft Sill artillery range on Memorial Day weekend, lots of history there as well (not British, though you will get to see a reproduction Blakely 12pounder). Any and all are welcome!

  • #19866

    ScottFM
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    That sounds cool!!! Will you just be sending out shells or will you also get to send out grapeshot and other fun artillery rounds? I would really like to get a feel for what it was like when the grape shot was shot at the lines in US Civil War, it just sound horribly horrendous! 

  • #19867

    Coachwhip1865
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    We will be shooting solid shot and canister (grapeshot is a type of canister shot) true grapeshot was mostly used in naval battles. Haven't quite figured out how to cast spherical case or exploding shells yet. The live fire is awesome my gun when fired live has a 6 foot (2 meter) recoil! Come out and see us and I can have my commander discuss 19th century British artillery history to tie to us Anglophiles .

  • #19868

    ScottFM
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    Cool! If you can get video and post to Youtube and link here! Sounds like a lot of fun!

  • #19869

    anonymous
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    You'll have to post a reminder about that closer to time.  Sounds like a (literal) blast!

  • #19870

    Coachwhip1865
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    Will do, glad to be here. Only been listening for a couple weeks but playing a lot of catchup. I just got to episode 28.

  • #19871

    anonymous
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    Hi, yeah, I second that, a youtube link here of some live firing would be really great!

  • #19872

    Anonymous

    The cannon sounds AWESOME!!! ;D Is it legal for a 13 year old to shoot  a Cannon?

  • #19873

    Coachwhip1865
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    Um, 16 to shoot but my 7 year old son sometimes runs powder on the gun. ;)

  • #19874

    Anonymous

    Still, that's cool to shoot. :) Is it cold in Oklahoma?

  • #19875

    Coachwhip1865
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    Yeah for now, Okies like to joke about our weather (which is usually trying to kill us). Last night it got down into the teens temp wise. In the summer we get up to 105-110F.

  • #19876

    Anonymous

    Yikes!

  • #19877

    dj1997
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    Hello fellow Okie ;)

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