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Re: What do you have for a cannon?

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No, the 26.5's are not recognized as 'proper' emergency devices. I usta buy direct from the importer at a better price than usual sources. I sold off most of my stocks at a small margin and kept enuff of a selection to be interesting. With the price increases in gun/ammo related items, cost per shot has risen from $3.00 to sometimes nearer $6.00.
Usta be able to get red star, green star, white star, red triple, white parachute, blue smoke, gray smoke (? limited) and orange smoke. Feels like a lite weight 12 ga going off one handed. Most will go vertical near 5-800 feet and burn out before coming down; but the core is still hot and *will* start fires in dry conditions.

I would imagine that any of the above would get the attention of emergency services or whoever in dire circumstances. That they have no expiration date codes is irrelevant as long as assistance arrives Save the 'official' dated stuff for inspections

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Kriss, Deltaten, I like the look of your East Block launchers. And apparently on the internet you can buy flares for it. Couple of questions: Are the flares USCG or SOLAS approved? And, how in or out of date are the flares?
I have not been able to find any USCG or SOLAS approved flares in the 26.5mm. I keep on board an assortment of red, white, and smoke flares - all as a backup only to my current USCG approved 12ga flares. I shot some really old (1950's) flares (bought really cheap at a local gun show) and never had a failure to launch or ignite. Last box of surplus flares I bought on the internet was about 10 years old. You can always ask the supplier about the age of the flares, but I am not sure it matters a whole lot as these flares are really good quality. And they are A LOT better in terms of visibility (brightness, launch altitude) and burn duration than our 12 gauge flares.

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We used to call some of you guys "Job Security" down at the Fire Dept.
A ten gallon carbide cannon, I'm speechless.
I wonder if you wouldn't get a bigger fireball but less boom without a lid.
BTW Those 12 ga flare guns are a pathetic joke, if you were sitting in a life raft on a dark ocean the first time you shot one off you'd be SOOOO disappointed.

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We used to call some of you guys "Job Security" down at the Fire Dept.
A ten gallon carbide cannon, I'm speechless.
I wonder if you wouldn't get a bigger fireball but less boom without a lid.
BTW Those 12 ga flare guns are a pathetic joke, if you were sitting in a life raft on a dark ocean the first time you shot one off you'd be SOOOO disappointed.

You are right. A piece of plastic works just as well as the lid.

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Re: What do you have for a cannon?

I can't believe that this thread got me thinking about whether having an old 10 ga signal cannon is consider a weapon that needs some sort of registration/permit. In theory, it could fire a projectile, even if not intended.


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Re: What do you have for a cannon?

Minnie;

Consider a few words to 'google'.....
signalling device, smooth bore/black powder/fused only, non-fixed ammunition. not readily available ammunition, no longer in production ammunition, marking ammunition and/or charge, non-anti personnel, and a host of others that don;t immediately come to mind

While a 10 ga blank is not considered anti-personnel, there are probably some statutes about their use. 10 ga sporting rounds are commonly available for goose and duck loads. IIRC, 10 ga blanks firing devices would not be sized correctly to chamber sporting rounds. YMMV

AFA "legality"????
Only hafta worry about fire and noise ordinances. As long as it's a signalling device and not readily convertible to AP ammo.

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We do carry one of those on the boat! Lots of "volunteer" apple trees around to provide projectiles.

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Yep! Lotsa 26.5mm stuff here, and while most is E block; some even made in Germany and Austria. Mines Czech. Very rough and simple....soldier proof.
I am considering setting my 75mm "mortar" ( don;t worry... BP only, fuse lit and only for signals and marking! ) on the foredeck and launching a few pyrothechnics. While it was made for launching soup can "marking" rounds", it easily does double duty sending up commercial 3" 'mortar' displays.
Whoa Deltaten - I'm local and would not want to miss that. Please keep me posted if you decide to "attack" Charlestown or the Nautigoose.
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Re: What do you have for a cannon?

This was posted right after the Living aboard and Sex thread so I thought someone was answering the question.

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