The 4.2-inch (30-pounder), like the 10′s and 20′s, came in two models for the Army, differing primarily in the muzzle swell and a doorknob-shaped cascabel for the old model compared to a straight muzzle with more elongated cascabel-bored horizontally for elevating mechanism for the new. Parrotts was easy to operate by inexperience cannoneers. It was tough: break off a piece of the muzzle, chip it back, and keep on firing. It was cheap to manufacture (not today however) costing not much more than a comparable smoothbore. Best of all, it could be produced quickly and in quantity when the crying need was for rifles. This gun is not easy to transport, usually found on Siege Carriages and occasionally on  barbettes. Pictured is one our company made for Fort Pulaski, Savannah, Ga. They fire this cannon every weekend.

30-Pounder (4.2) Parrott Rifle

  • Origin:         Artillery from The United States - Special Order Cannons
    Bore:           4.2 - inch rifled
    Length:       132"
    Weight:       4200 lbs
    Carriage:     No. 2 Siege Carriage (Wood) No. 2 Siege Carriage                                        cast in Aluminum

    Cast:           Gray Iron with steel liner