CAN37 – Napoleon, full scale, 4-1/2″ bore, 1230#, 72-1/4″ long. Hern Full Scale guns are accurate Historical Reproductions, patterns made from war department ordinance drawings. Some liberty has been taken as to the bore diameter to match the commonly available DOM product for a quality cast in place steel liner.
These big guns ship via truck, and freight charges are driven by current prices of fuel & distance to destination. A commercial address with a forklift will save you money. Upon order & payment for your barrel, you will be contacted by our office to confirm shipping details and provided with a specific quote. You can pay for shipping over the phone at that time, or mail in your payment. $400- $600 is a common range for these shipping charges.
Large guns are not kept in inventory – they are cast to order. Typical production times are 6-8 weeks.
The Napoleon was comissioned by Louis Napoleon of France to replace several cannons in similar sizes. In 1857 Ames Manufacturing Company produced the first of several variations of this design. Some were made with handles, and muzzels were made both with and without a swell. The cannon shown here is the Union Second Type, the most popular of the variations. Napoleons were nearly all smooth bores. They were favorites on both sides. Imagine the effect of a battery of Napoleons firing canister at one quarter mile range! The Tredegar Foundry at Richmond produced iron Napoleons with banded breeches that resemble Parrot Rifles. According to the Confederate Ordinance Chief, General, Gorgas, these “grave entire satisfaction.” Bronze was the preferred material, however, iron being used due to war time necessity. Hern Cannon and mortar barrels, except the 8″ Siege Mortar and 8-3/4″ Bowling Ball Mortar , are made with Steel Liner Tubes with minimum 1/4″ wall thickness. and with welded breech plugs. For bores larger than 2 1/4″, we use 1/2″ Wall Drawn-over-Mandrel (DOM) tubing.