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Warspite109 Jul 2020 12:44 p.m. PST

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At least one (probably two) brass/latten handgonnes blew up in use at Towton.

Previously, at 2nd St Albans, it was recorded that 18 blew up and killed their shooters.
An analysis shows that the metal was quite porous and unable to withstand the barrel pressure.


ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa09 Jul 2020 1:00 p.m. PST

I have to say latten, which I only came across a few years ago in the context of decorative work, and copper would not be my first choice of gun materials. But that's 20:20 hindsight for you! Certainly I've come across copper before as gun barrel material – though IIRC not latten.

Warspite109 Jul 2020 1:21 p.m. PST

Certainly they were not using an ideal material.
The metallurgy sounds like a sponge!

For those not familiar with the term latten…


ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa10 Sep 2020 10:27 a.m. PST

Okay didn't recall correctly – from some notes I made about the Tower armoury accounts circa 1373-1375

'20s for a gun of latten with two pots'

The pots probably being removable breech chambers. By way of comparison a 'large' iron gun from the same period 40s. And no, calibre or weight of shot are not given in pretty much any case!

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