Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Broomfield, Colorado
Thank you Douglas!! Now some of the members who weren't with us 10 years ago can see how the Paixhans Monster Mortar was made. I recall that a pound of cannon grade BP shot the water cooler jug filled with concrete out to 200 yards and 1.5 pounds boosted them out to 400 and 2 Lbs. blasted them to 500 yards. I will look around for some pics or videos of the Montana Shoot, but it will take a while.We sure did have fun building that beast, but ever after Mike would say to me frequently, "Think smaller, Tracy, think smaller!"
Smokin my pipe on the mountings, sniffin the mornin cool,
I walks in my old brown gaiters along o my old brown mule,
With seventy gunners beind me, an never a beggar forgets
Its only the pick of the Army that handles the dear little pets - Tss! Tss!
From the poem Screw-Guns by Rudyard Kipling