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Zoltar08 Sep 2017 6:28 a.m. PST

I was wondering if anyone could direct me to pictures of 19th century Asian Leather guns or cannon. I have been reading about the Anglo-Gurkha War of 1815 and have seen mention of leather cannon. They way they are discussed, as one man able to carry the cannon and deploy it, it seems like just a barrel propped on a rock or lock to steady.

As they also seem to explode after a few rounds, they seem like a dangerous proposition.

Are there any pictures? As they were likely adopted through contact with China, are there any pictures or good descriptions of Chinese leather "Cannon"?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 6:48 a.m. PST

I think Mythbusters actually did a piece on those!

Dan

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 8:11 a.m. PST

Here it is.

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Dan
PS. And here are some pictures of the ones from Tibet, Scotland and Sweden:
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Zoltar08 Sep 2017 10:21 a.m. PST

great Stuff! Thank you. I wish I had a better idea of the carriages is any used in Nepal..

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 10:49 a.m. PST

This Chinese Bronze cannon has a nice carriage. If i were to make one, i would have it look like a modified form of their typical carriage.

Dan

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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 11:59 a.m. PST

You know, a lot of the discussion on the links seems to assume that if they were dangerous or ineffective, they weren't given to the troops as though they were real weapons. I think most of us could name weapons more dangerous to one's own army than to the enemy without reaching back to 18th Century Tibet.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 4:06 p.m. PST

They look like giant firecrackers to me! :)

Dan

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