January 07, 2013

I Love Cannons Facts

Facts From Lords of War: I Love Cannons

  • Depending on its size, there could be multiple cannons on board a ship.

  • Cannons could be placed just about anywhere on a ship, including the bow, stern, and sides.

  • Bronze cannons are typically more desirable than iron ones.

  • Back in the day, cannons would be loaded with glass, rocks, nails, and virtually anything else that could fit in the cannon's muzzle and fly out.

  • On D-Day, U.S. soldiers died at a rate of roughly one man a minute.

  • The Winchester Model 1894 made Winchester famous.

  • The Winchester Model 1894 would outsell almost anything Winchester ever did.

  • The lever-action really revolutionized the way people shot, and the Winchester Model 1894 was the iconic lever-action.

  • A lot of people believe the reason Custer lost at Little Bighorn was because the Indians were using lever-action rifles whilst Custer's men were using the single shot.

  • Winchester Model 1894s were presented to presidents Coolidge, Truman, and Eisenhower.

  • In Scottish Gaelic, 'claymore' roughly means 'great sword.'

  • Because the Claymore was wielded with two hands, a warrior couldn't carry a shield at the same time.

  • Many Claymores had parts made of brass because these typically wouldn't rust as much as steel parts would in Scotland's damp weather.

  • The Claymore was known for its close to 4 1/2 foot length.

  • The Claymore was used by the fierce warriors known as Scottish Highlanders.

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