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Well, I am the new owner of a Lapan's Foundry 2 1/8 bore cannon. It has a 0.25 Seamless steel sleeve liner. Previous owner use to lob juice cans of concrete at random targets. Sounded like fun. Bore looks pretty good. Maker was Lapan's Foundry is in Glens Falls, NY. Cannon marks have an (LP) on one trunion and (no. 98) on the other. I left a msg with them regarding any history of the cannon. Wood is ok, no rot..but probably will update it. Wheels are alum. including the spokes etc. Weight, no idea, took me and another guy to lift into a pickup and a third to balance the tail. Prob under 200lbs or so all told. Previous owner used FFFg, and gave me some loads that were already bagged (and 3lbs in cans.) I well weigh them just for interest but probably go more coarse and use the triple F in a pistol or somethin. They look a lot heavier than the 1 0z or so that I planned to use. Pics included, I cleaned up the nose a bit to see the liner, will repaint along with rest of cannon. I am brand new to this "sport."

 

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not sure, guessing no...will clean up the paint in that area and check. Previous owner would just dump some FFFg on top and light...I will use cord and run like h#ll for the time being
 

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this is not a sport , its a lifestile ;D
when you are hooked you just cant quit ::)
or dont want to quit ::)
its a really nice cannon .
 

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Lapan is a good gun but I don't believe they bushed the touch hole this is something you will want to have done.
unfortunalty they stopped making cannon after someone who was injured sued everyone envolved including the
manufacture. I had the same tube mounted on a truck carriage wish I still had it.
Did you get any implements with it? rammer? sponge? worm?
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well nice to hear someone has heard of the cannon. when you say 'brush' the touch hole..is that the same as a liner for the hole? this seems to be a straight drill job right on through.
 

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when you say 'brush' the touch hole
I'm sure he means "bushed" as in "bushing" meaning a thick tube, usually threaded, forming the cannon's vent. That tube is a separate piece so it can connect firmly to the liner, go thru the cannon wall, and its top will sit there to be friction-primed, powder-primed, quickmatched, fused, whatever.
 

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cannonmn said:
when you say 'brush' the touch hole
I'm sure he means "bushed" as in "bushing" meaning a thick tube, usually threaded, forming the cannon's vent. That tube is a separate piece so it can connect firmly to the liner, go thru the cannon wall, and its top will sit there to be friction-primed, powder-primed, quickmatched, fused, whatever.

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The vent piece helps to hold the liner in place (more important if the liner is rifled), provides a smooth continous passageway (no ember holding gaps between liner and barrel), and can be replaced if it becomes worn (not likely on small guns).
 

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Wonder what the injury was? And what the cause was? Manufacture error, equiptment falure? Or, operator error? Too bad someone was injured, but, also too bad a manufacture had to go out of business! That's why safety first is the name of the game! Let's hope they recovered? Nice looking cannon! BoomLover
 

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Wow That is a darn nice cannon .
 

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Juice can (V8) is for 2.25" inches in my South Bend cohorn YMMV! ;D .

If it was 2.25" pool balls will make great projectiles . I used to shoot V8 can full of cement ,but poolballs are it !
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Plastikosmd, One of my old Lapan catalogs shows that your gun is a copy of a full scale French or English piece that was found in Lake George, N.Y. Lapan called it their pattern number 6A. They made both the barrel and carriage. All of their barrels that I have seen were excellent castings that were cast around a liner and had a pretty nice finish even though they were not lathe turned on the outside. They made both iron and bronze mortars and cannons, full scale and smaller scale pieces.

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I believe I read about the "accident" within the first 3 years of The Artilleryman publication. I used to get it back then. Only last year, did I dump the first 3-4 years copies and the original catalogue of Lapan Foundry in the trash at the transfer station. I took them to a number of gun shows for a buck each and there was zero interest.

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well it is 2 1/8 not 1/4 so, tomato paste cans seem to be about the right size..will have to measure at the supermarket. Looking at the cannon I am not too concerned about the sleeve moving or really wear all that much. Hole is a bit over 1/8 and I cleaned it up with a ream and took a look down...seems pretty good. I may just use it as is with some cord. I plan to keep the loads quite low...figure from my reading 1 oz. should be ok. Dont need to lob a can over a mountain or stop a charge of infantry! Will shoot some more pics. I want to go do a test fire or 2 before takin it all apart to restore it. Wife is mildly irritated and may force a sale before I get it restored!
 

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I met Ed La Pan in 1973 when I visited his Foundry on Vaughn Road in Hudson Falls, New York just east of Glens Falls when I was looking for some cannonballs for my South Bend Replicas 1/2 scale 8 Inch 1797 Mortar. He showed me around and I saw a few tubes in process and one complete, ready for delivery. It looked very nice. He told me no problem on 4" Dia. cannonballs and completed them a week later. He was busy, but talked a lot about quality and told me about the importance of liner centering. The cannonballs he sold me were at least twice as good as the 40 I later ordered from Slack-Horner Foundry in Longmont, CO. In fact I was so impressed with his attention to detail, that I went to great lengths not to lose those first five. However, I over-shot a cow pasture and lost one in a bog near Kingston, NY and another was lost in a dense thicket behind the 300 yard butts at a range near Clarksville, NY. I DO NOT shoot the 3 which remain and are pictured below.

Regards,

Tracy

The front cover of the LA PAN'S FOUNDRY brochure I received from Ed La Pan in 1973. Yes, my cannonballs have a little rust, but it's almost a miracle that I still have them at all. They are indoors now and undergoing a once a decade cleaning and repainting.




Plastickosmd, I agree with Max Caliber and believe the cannon you have is pictured here on page 7 of La Pan's brochure. The photo caption is: PATT. No. 6A ON FIELD CARRIAGE WITH 22" ALUMINUM WHEELS. The hardware looks like it's an exact match too. It's a very good looking cannon.

 

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could i pay you for a copy of that book? let me know how much..This is my first cannon..but it does seem well made. With care it should last me a long while and yes..that is the cannon you have pictured, does it list the weight?
 

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The La Pan Foundry brochure doesn't list weights or prices for any of the cannons shown. However, we will be happy to copy it and send it to you NC. PM us with your shipping address and we will send it out. Call us first if you ever decide to sell this cannon.

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Tracy and Mike
 
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