View Full Version : Swivel Gun wanted........................
I just posted a "want to buy" on the classifieds but thought I would mention it here in case someone here might be able to help?
I'm looking for a wall mounted type "swivel gun". Not too big maybe 14" or longer? 1 1/4" bore or so.
Could be Brass, Bronze Steel or Cast?
If anyone knows a source or maybe knows someone that might have one to sell or even trade I'd appreciate letting me know.
There may be one in Mike Gingher's estate and if so, it will be for sale, but I have to check with his widow to see what the price would be. It is a reproduction and the GREAT thing is that it was fitted with an excellent grade stainless steel liner, though it is not easy to see it was done from the front of the muzzle. I can't remember off the top of my head for certain sure, but I think he bought that from either an Ohio or Michigan Ordnance who made/sold reproduction swivel guns, mortars and cannon. Mike brought it into G.E., where he worked years ago, and wanted to get a liner installed. Well, he and the other machinists took this on as a "fun" project. They made the SS liner from an exceptionally good grade of SS because that's what they had on hand. They bored the gun for it JUST to size and pressed it into place on a huge hydraulic press after cooling the liner with dry ice. That liner is NEVER coming out of that bore.
This is a small "boat" or large canoe size swivel gun. Mike was doing a lot of volunteer work at Historic Fort Wayne (Summer of 1816) when he bought that gun, though the gun could well be late 18th century as well. We fired it stuck into a large chunk of wood when we shot live rounds through it. I just don't remember what the bore size is off the top of my head but I think it was around an inch in diameter. If you think you may be interested, let me know and I'll contact Mike's Widow. I just don't know if that swivel gun has been sold yet or not.
I have checked Dixie. They have a small one I'm thinking of, but its alittle too small I think.
Checked many others also. I am going to Fort Frederick Trade Fair in a couple weeks before I make any decisions.
You also need a pirate ship to mount it on ARRR!:icon_lol:
Well, maybe a large Bateu or a Row Galley........
Oh, I got the pirate ship. In my dreams. LOL
The offer by Gus is a good one. Mike G was an extremely well regarded man here as is Gus. If Gus tells you something, you can bank on it. If Mike & the guys fitted this one, you can let your grandmother & your grandkids be there when you fire it, which is not something that you could do with a cheaper one........some guy in California just fired one, it exploded, pieces pierced his large motorhome, which was parked nearby & killed his wife.
Speaking of exploding cannons, Our university had a small cannon it fired every time the football team made a touch down. One day it blew up injuring a couple of people.
Why did it blow up? The fraternity in charge of it had an IDIOT firing it.
He loaded the cannon with the usual charge of BP. Then he rammed toilet paper down the bore, Not satisfied, he then rammed WET toilet paper down the bore. He might just as well have welded the muzzle shut! The arse end blew out. The cannon had a steel bore liner that did not let go. Note; you do NOT need any packing other than a bag to contain the powder in order to get a good bang. When I still owned one, the powder charge was simply wrapped in aluminum foil.
Thanks as always guys.
I have not yet heard back from Gus.
Still down rather hard with the flu. Probably will take a few more days before I can talk much on the phone.
No problem Gus, take your time.
I really appreciate your effort.
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