Siege Mortars Three primary types of mortars were used during the war: siege & garrison and Coehorn mortars are also classified as siege & garrison. While guns were intended to batter down the walls of a fortification during a siege, mortars were designed to fire explosive shells over the walls of the fortification, killing the men inside, and forcing others to stay in bombproof shelters, or preventing the gunners from serving their guns and repairing damage caused by the bombardment.
Hern Iron Works produces the 8″ siege mortar reproduction from the original ordnance plans. This Mortar Tube is cast with an 8-3/4″ bore to suit a bowling ball! Weight of the tube is just over 1000#.
The 1861 – 8″ Siege Mortar Base is recreated exactly to the original Ordinance Plans. This is the fully assembled Base as pictured – fitted, and painted ready to use. Weighing just over 1050#, if purchasing the Mortar tube at the same time, we will mount the tube in the base for shipment.
This Base Kit only is the un-assembled set of parts needed to completely build your own 8″ Siege Mortar Base. All nuts, bolts, side plates, iron, steel, and ductile castings to build your base. These are made to order, not stock parts, so plan on 8-12 weeks for delivery. Un-painted, some finish grinding and fitting needed. Weight: ~1050#
The Parrott Rifle was a type of muzzle-loading rifled artillery weapon used extensively in the American Civil War. The gun was invented by Captain Robert Parker Parrott, a West Point graduate. He resigned from the service in 1836 and became the superintendent of the West PointFoundry in Cold Spring, New York. He created the first Parrott Rifle (and corresponding projectile) in 1860 and patented it in 1861. *Carriage not included*
The shot that opened the Civil War was fired from a mortar. The Coehorn Mortar was a very useful piece, for it was developed in the 16th century, and there were still a few in use in British colonial garrisons in the 1920’s. *Carriage not included*
Large Bore version of the popular Coehorn Mortar Light enough for a pair of friends to move around on shooting day. *Carriage not included*
Hern’s Rat Tail Swivel Gun is patterned on the common ship’s rail mounted signal guns of the 1700’s. Mounted on a Y shaped yoke, this small gun would offer a larger mouth full of damage to repel boarders at sea, than may be carried in small arms – if the crew was prosperous enough to even have them. The swivel yoke mount allowed for a wide field of fire, while still holding the gun for firing and leaning back near vertical for ease of loading. *Carriage not included*