Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Broomfield, Colorado
GGaskill, We are not particularly looking for a way to reduce the weight of this mortar, because we have determined by actual testing that this particular type of mortar needs all the weight it can get so it has a chance to remain in position during projectile firing. If it were a conventional type, we would seize your suggestion and run with it.
Mike and I have had several discussions of late on the topic of whether the production of this Spigot Mortar should proceed to the Production Phase at all. We discovered by actual testing that this Spigot Type Mortar has one VERY NASTY firing Characteristic, that of automatically directing it's Muzzle Blast to the rear, both directly and to the Right Rear and to the Left Rear, where people normally stand to watch mortars shoot and try to follow their projectile's trajectory to impact. We will do more testing and consider ways to let an owner know about the hazards associated with firing this type mortar. The problem is, of course, the manufacturer's liability for an owner's injury while operating this type carelessly. We are pretty much convinced that there is NO WAY to adequately prevent owner mistakes and resulting injury, despite the very best SAFETY Instructions. This realization must cause us to reach responsible conclusions, especially with a lawyer behind every bush which is an undisputed FACT these days.
We are, right now, 90% sure that none of this type, without exception, will ever be sold by Seacoast Artillery OR ANY authorized agent. If YOU have a bullet proof way for us to sell these without subjecting our company to exceptional liability issues, please let us know soon, right here, via a GBO thread reply. No other method of communication will suffice. Thank you.
In case you folks haven't noticed yet, lots of Gary's (RocklockI's) comments are unusual, to say the least. At the same time, many of his suggestions have been acted upon by Mike and I at Seacoast with stellar results. This most recent comment may be the most obtuse yet. I sincerely hope we are understanding him correctly, because I do not believe anybody else who wanders through these forums has the insight to come up with anything close to what he wrote earlier today, I believe. I better quote it, so I am not accused of making this up!
Per RocklockI in his latest post to this Spigot Mortar thread:
"How about some lighting holes, ? Gary"
We have searched the old brain cells thoroughly and think that we know what he means by this question/suggestion. See if you agree or disagree with us.
1. Drill holes into the framework of the Spigot Mortar for some of these High Power, long lasting LED lights and attach to a shielded wire harness attached to a battery power source. The purpose, we believe would be to see where the mortar was and know in which direction to walk, during night firing, after lighting the fuse, so you could avoid stopping within the "BLAST ZONE" !!
2. Perhaps he meant for us to drill more holes in the already, perfectly perforated projectile for placement, of these chemical, "Lite Sticks" so all present could see where the ball went during Night Firing??
3. Some other PURPOSE?? Help us out, fellas, PLEASE.
Thanks to GGaskill and RocklockI for your suggestions!!
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