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Model Armstrong 110pr Breech Screw Handle
As explained in the previous post, it was crucial that the breech screw was tightened securely.
Watch the following YouTube video of a demonstration firing of a 110pr at Fort Nelson, video’d by Nick Cafferata, and used here with his permission. Note how the weighted handle was swung by 2 gunners and repeatedly knocked to ensure secure closure. Also note the volume of smoke from the firing, and this was a charge of only 2lb, compared with the 20+lb used in 1861.
The central 18mm diameter shaft was also heated to break its Loctite bond and the shaft came free.
Next job is to make and attach the blocks to the handle which knock the octagon/breech screw, and the heavy weights to the ends of the handle which enhance the momentum of the action.
Watch this space to see it being CNC’d into a trunnion ring…….