I Have Decided To Arm Myself

I Have Decided To Arm Myself

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:22 am

We have pirates, terrorists, mass shootings, criminal illegal aliens and now I understand seditionists and revolutionaries in our midst. The world is not a nice place. In an effort to defend my family and country, I have decided it is time to arm myself. Through no fault of my own and a lot of luck, I have been fortunate enough to have worked on, handled and shot some of the finest military firearms of the 20th century. I have however, never owned one and I feel the time is right. Since I am getting old and I don't have a lot of fight left in me, I can only assume I'm going to get one shot at this so I better make it good. My choice is a 3.67 Parrott which is pretty expensive to purchase so I have decided to build my own. The guy at the machine shop will do the machining, so I have to dig up a nice piece of 4140 steel. I think I'll need some help from some of you guys, blueprints are hard to come by.
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Re: I Have Decided To Arm Myself

PostBy: Dann757 On: Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:32 am

Bore Diameter 3.67 in (9.32 cm)
Tube Material Cast and Wrought Iron
Tube Length 89 in (226 cm)
Tube Weight 1,750 lb (794 kg)
Powder Charge 2 lb (0.91 kg)
Range (5° Elevation) 2,100 yd (1,920 m)
At Gettysburg 4 (CSA)
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Re: I Have Decided To Arm Myself

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:50 am

Since I didn't know what you were talking about, I Googled it:

http://schwartz.eng.auburn.edu/ACW/arty/3inparrott.html

That ought to do the job nicely, although the neighbors might give you strange looks at first. :shock:
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Re: I Have Decided To Arm Myself

PostBy: ken On: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:01 am

Great , if their coming through the front door. :D
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Re: I Have Decided To Arm Myself

PostBy: Jeddbird On: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:08 am

coaledsweat wrote: I have decided it is time to arm myself.


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!
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Re: I Have Decided To Arm Myself

PostBy: cabinover On: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:30 am

She'd be kind of heavy to throw over your shoulder though. :D
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Re: I Have Decided To Arm Myself

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:37 am

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.
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Re: I Have Decided To Arm Myself

PostBy: 009to090 On: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:50 am

coaledsweat wrote: My choice is a 3.67 Parrott which is pretty expensive to purchase so I have decided to build my own. The guy at the machine shop will do the machining, so I have to dig up a nice piece of 4140 steel. I think I'll need some help from some of you guys, blueprints are hard to come by.


Why settle for such a small caliber???? Go with a IOWA Class.

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Re: I Have Decided To Arm Myself

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:53 am

That stuff rquires an ATF tax stamp for destuctive devices and you need to let them know when and where you fire each round. I'm paying enough taxes already. :)
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Re: I Have Decided To Arm Myself

PostBy: brckwlt On: Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:28 pm

I hope your joking about the cannon.

I was going to post the same topic today when i got home from work. I have been thinking about this for awhile. It is only my wife and i. No kids. I dont want to be taken by surprise someday by an intruder in my home. I want the intruder to be the one who is surprised.

I talked with a few people today at work who own guns. i asked them what the best gun for someone like me who has never owned a gun before but wants to protect his family if someone breaks in.

He told me to buy a mossberg shotgun 18". I was thinking before i talked to him that a small hand gun would be a good choice. He said to me what do you want to do, piss of the intruder or kill. It made sense to me. I have shot guns before but dont have much practice. The few times i shot i was surprisingly accurate. I know with a mossberg shotgun i would feel a lot saffer if someone broke in.

What gun do you guys prefer to use for a home invasion? Do you think a mossberg shotgun is the way to go?
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Re: I Have Decided To Arm Myself

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:48 pm

brckwlt wrote:I hope your joking about the cannon.


About home defense I was joking, the cannon I am not. I just need some blueprints or some very detailed pictures as I want it to be a fairly good reproduction of what was used during the Civil War. I see no one wants to venture a guess about the wheels.

You should start a thread about your shotgun/home security question, it may or may not be your best choice. There are a number of people here who would have a better insight than I. A thread will deliver a lot of options for you, my only advice is you must be comfortable with it. I myself recommend that you not make a decision until completing a firearms safety course.
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Re: I Have Decided To Arm Myself

PostBy: Steve.N On: Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:17 pm

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Re: I Have Decided To Arm Myself

PostBy: Steve.N On: Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:18 pm

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Re: I Have Decided To Arm Myself

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:55 pm



I like that second pic!
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Re: I Have Decided To Arm Myself

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:30 pm

I sailed here and hung out for a week. these rodman 15" smooth bore's were a wee bit heavy to try and sneak off the key.

fort jefferson dry tortougas in between each 15" they had 3 8" bore's all around the fort on all three levels.. it was claimed they could bring 1100 cannon to bear on a single ship with a range of 2000yds. before compleation the rifled barrel surpassed the distance by 200 yds and the pirates had the advantage so never a shot was fired.

thats a whole lot of cast iron humped from waterlivet on sail boats to a dot 75 mi west of key west!!

and kids today say work is hard???? :D
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