Jeddbird wrote:I don't know if you are joking or not but if you're serious about protectimng your home, a simple 12 guage shotgun is the best & cheapest home defense weapon you can buy. They're short range too, so you are less likely to kill you neighbers with bullets passing through their walls!
Well you got me there, I am not real serious about home protection. If they get past Farful they deserve what they get. But I have always wanted a Civil War cannon. I chose 4140 because of the saftey factor it gives you. A steel like 4140 (the stuff axle shafts are made from) will not have any risk of rupture where the bronze, steel and iron castings would (one problem with the stuff available, most will not fire as they have no touch hole, drill your own at your own risk. You can thank the lawyers for that). The guy at the machine shop has an 1863 1.5" swivel gun, it is small but lots of fun. He said he would have no trouble machining the barrel on his machinery. The carraige is the tricky part. To be authentic, I'll need some info or at least some good pics as the wheels are made a little oddly and they are canted for a reason (bet you wonder why
). I have a guy that owns the local sawmill who will cut some timbers for me for the saddle, I just need some plans to get it right. The cheapest one I found was a replica for about $7000, I would hate to think what an original would cost. I figure once I have had some fun with it and I am deaf, I can rent it out to the reenacters to pay for my hearing aids. I figure I can do it for about $2000.