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Old 12-18-2018, 09:06 AM
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CANNON for Christmas

What with property taxes, vehicle tags & gifts for the family, there wasn't much left for the wife & I to exchange gifts with. My gift was surprisingly cheap, I found it used on Ebay.
It is the largest (24" long) BIG BANG CARBIDE FIELD CANNON made. This one is probably from the 1950's, they have been made on the same tooling in cast iron & sheet steel, since the 1930's. It resembles a WWI Field cannon. I'd always see these advertised in boys magazines when I was a kid - but never could afford one then. They are still made today, but much more costly than my veteran. They fire loud as an M-80, & I will make some noise with it - but the rest of the time it is very enjoyable huge eye-candy on my bookcase.
Bet one of you guys might get a kick out of one also.
Merry Christmas ! C.
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Old 12-18-2018, 09:44 AM
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Cool. I remember the ads for them when I was a kid too. Like you I could never afford one either.
I have been contemplating making my own model cannon though. Maybe I will do it one day.
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Old 12-18-2018, 03:47 PM
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I had something like that. It use some sort of compound that generated hydrogen gas and that is what was ignited.

Correction: Ah... I just looked it up, it generates acetylene gas.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big-Bang_Cannon

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Old 12-18-2018, 03:54 PM
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Calcium Carbide. Brand named Bangsite for the toy.
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Old 12-18-2018, 04:04 PM
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I had one as a kid that I got in a trade. The flint mechanism was missing but we made it work with ill-advised ignition methods.

Later, as a young teen, I blew it up with black powder and a rebar wrapped-in-tape projectile.

Lucky that us idiots hid from the thing instead of just standing there next to it.
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Old 12-18-2018, 04:04 PM
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Old 12-18-2018, 04:08 PM
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I had one as a kid that I got in a trade. The flint mechanism was missing but we made it work with ill-advised ignition methods.

Later, as a young teen, I blew it up with black powder and a rebar wrapped-in-tape projectile.

Lucky that us idiots hid from the thing instead of just standing there next to it.
The things we did as kids!!!

I used to make little cannons with small diameter iron threaded pipes and firecrackers. I fitted an a 1/4 inch pipe with an end cap with a hole drilled at the cap to thread the firecracker fuse through it. Then we would shoot nails and things out of it. I managed to embed a 2 inch nail half-way through a plank of wood.
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Old 12-18-2018, 04:57 PM
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Sweet! A true trip down memory lane - I had the small carbide cannon - If my aging memory serves the carbide came in like a toothpaste tube?

A part of my 'yoot' and what do seem like the Good Old Days now that I'm 70.
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Old 12-18-2018, 07:36 PM
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Sweet! A true trip down memory lane - I had the small carbide cannon - If my aging memory serves the carbide came in like a toothpaste tube?

A part of my 'yoot' and what do seem like the Good Old Days now that I'm 70.
YES INDEED, I'm 72, when I was a kid my dad rigged me up a tin Coffee Can, that had a tin lid, punched a blow hole in it, put in some carbide, spit & lit = BOOM.
We couldn't afford one of these store bought cannons, but they made thousands, & It sure makes a fine Artifact, that can make noise on the fourth of July. The guy who sold me the Bangsite & Striker Flints said he used a MILK CAN for a mega - mortar. Like to see that go off !
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Old 12-18-2018, 10:44 PM
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I also bought myself a similar Christmas present last week at an auction. A 1/4 scale, US 1857 Napoleon (black powder) cannon w/ a 1" bore. Boom!

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Old 12-19-2018, 01:49 AM
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I also bought myself a similar Christmas present last week at an auction. A 1/4 scale, US 1857 Napoleon (black powder) cannon w/ a 1" bore. Boom!

LMAO. Thats awesome!!

But, just out of curiosity, WITF are you gonna do with a cannon (outside of Civil War reenactment)?? Is that legal to fire in city limits if no projectile is used?
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Old 12-19-2018, 06:40 AM
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LMAO. Thats awesome!!

But, just out of curiosity, WITF are you gonna do with a cannon (outside of Civil War reenactment)?? Is that legal to fire in city limits if no projectile is used?
who said he wasn’t going to use a projectile??
We have got to get this stuff on tv commercials for gift ideas! We could throw in chemistry sets (not the crappy ones today) and BB guns as well. Maybe even a train that used the alcohol burner or a nice pocket knife. The public would be “outraged” and there would be frothing at the mouth! As someone mentioned on another thread, the “Pussification” of men in society will be the downfall of the country.

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Old 12-19-2018, 09:49 AM
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It is the largest (24" long) BIG BANG CARBIDE FIELD CANNON made.
Nice! Every citizen should have a cannon or two, afterall, it’s our birthright.
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Old 12-19-2018, 10:04 AM
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LMAO. Thats awesome!!

But, just out of curiosity, WITF are you gonna do with a cannon (outside of Civil War reenactment)?? Is that legal to fire in city limits if no projectile is used?
That is a beauty, & definitely eye candy to play with. I totally get it.
Only question I have - is how your wife is handling it ? Lots of eye rolling & head shaking from mine & its only 24".
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Old 12-19-2018, 05:35 PM
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LMAO. Thats awesome!!

But, just out of curiosity, WITF are you gonna do with a cannon (outside of Civil War reenactment)?? Is that legal to fire in city limits if no projectile is used?
I live in the country in Ohio. No one cares what I do with it.

Oh, and this is my third cannon. I also have a 1/4 scale, 6lb field gun that also sets in my office; and a 1/2 scale, 12lb field howitzer that gets fired repeatedly each holiday.




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Old 12-19-2018, 09:19 PM
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The things we did as kids!!!

I used to make little cannons with small diameter iron threaded pipes and firecrackers. I fitted an a 1/4 inch pipe with an end cap with a hole drilled at the cap to thread the firecracker fuse through it. Then we would shoot nails and things out of it. I managed to embed a 2 inch nail half-way through a plank of wood.
I did this too! We shot marbles as "cannonballs."
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Old 12-20-2018, 06:47 AM
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That’ll get a few looks going down the highway!
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Old 12-23-2018, 11:56 AM
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who said he wasn’t going to use a projectile??
We have got to get this stuff on tv commercials for gift ideas! We could throw in chemistry sets (not the crappy ones today) and BB guns as well. Maybe even a train that used the alcohol burner or a nice pocket knife. The public would be “outraged” and there would be frothing at the mouth! As someone mentioned on another thread, the “Pussification” of men in society will be the downfall of the country.
Parents nowadays would sue you just because their children saw the commercial....
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Old 12-23-2018, 12:03 PM
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This thread is worthless without sound.....and concussion blast.
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Old 12-23-2018, 07:15 PM
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LMAO. Thats awesome!!

But, just out of curiosity, WITF are you gonna do with a cannon (outside of Civil War reenactment)?? Is that legal to fire in city limits if no projectile is used?
Bah! Humbug! I was happy with a 9MM Beretta until I saw this!
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Old 12-24-2018, 08:20 AM
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Nice Bigbang! Friend handed one to me a number of years ago he got from an elderly neighbor. I gave it to my brother for my nephews.
Great funny watching them take turns hitting the striker.

Led to my purchasing a golf ball cannon 6 months later - boys and our toys!
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Old 12-24-2018, 08:55 AM
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I still don’t understand why the women shake their heads with their hands on their hips when you are busting a gut after the concussion and destruction on the receiving end. What’s not to get?? Jeeze, lighten up!
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Old 12-24-2018, 09:34 AM
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When I was a kid I had one of those CVA .45 cannons and it was a blast. I've thought about buying another larger one at some point.
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Old 12-24-2018, 10:47 AM
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This thread is worthless without sound.....and concussion blast.
The carbide cannons tend to be a bummer when watching them being fired videos.


But this Brooke Rifle 15 inch cannon is pretty neat though, especially when they fire it every year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKN37in85lI
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Old 12-25-2018, 01:32 PM
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The carbide cannons tend to be a bummer when watching them being fired videos.


But this Brooke Rifle 15 inch cannon is pretty neat though, especially when they fire it every year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKN37in85lI
Talk about a Big Bang ! that's impressive. Must admit my 24" cannon is mostly serving as an antique toy curio - to look at - that still works.
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