Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Alameda, San Francisco Bay
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Re: What do you have for a cannon?
Kriss, 26.5mm is an odd caliber for a flare launcher. Is it war (or East Block) surplus? I own a 25mm launcher and flares for that (especially the longer duration parachutes) can be hard to find. I have an aluminum tube insert for mine in order to launch the more common 12ga flares. Even with a WWII surplus brass launcher, I’d be hesitant to use a more energetic propellant like smokeless or black powder. The ATF had an interesting article reporting on the dangers of using a 12ga insert to fire shotgun shells. The rest of the “gun” is pot metal and was prone to exploding into shrapnel when firing a shotgun round. Our club uses 12ga black powder signal rounds for race committee. They fire a plastic wad, which is plenty dangerous on its own. As for larger caliber ordnance, our club has a pair of fixed mount signal cannon flanking the flagpole, which we use ceremonially at noontime on Memorial Day and Fourth of July. Across from us is Coast Guard Island and they do a 21 gun salute with their signal cannon. At night, after the fireworks are finished, we hear a lot of gunfire coming from the Oakland neighborhoods. When the Lady Washington or Hawaiian Chieftain are down for the Master Mariners, we will fire a “broadside” as they pass the race dock. They in turn, respond with a broadside of their own.
2000 Catalina 34 MkII