English Swivel Gun


 The English swivel cannon  should not be confused with pivot guns, which were far larger weapons mounted on a horizontal pivot, or screw guns, which are a mountain gun with a segmented barrel. *Carriage not included*

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Product Description

CAN03 – English Swivel Gun, full scale, 1-3/4″ bore, 82#, 30-1/4″ long

Cannon is boxed and packaged for UPS shipment to the US of A — Included with the price shown.

I generally keep one or more on hand as these are quite popular with the 1-3/4″ golf ball bore; sometimes we do run out of stock but will let you know if there will be a delay in fulfilling your order! Your order saves your place in line. Terminology on the site requires the listing to say ‘in stock’ in order for purchases to be made, even for made to order items; sorry for the confusion. {January 2023 – Currently several on hand }

This barrel was originally brought to us as a Swivel gun; but lends itself to a naval carriage or split trail field carriage if so desired as well! At 90 pounds for the barrel, and a similar number for the carriage you put together – these are fun to place in the living room, and to take to the gun shows and shooting range! Take a look at a few of the wonderful customer builds on the photos!

Watch ‘Master and Commander’ with Russel Crowe – You’ll see this gun off and on throughout the movie, but best in the closing scene as the chase begins all over again and the credits begin to roll!

Can use CAN51-BZ Capsquares, Bronze (or CAN51, in Iron); but must be machined out carefully to fit the 1-3/4″ trunion diameter.


The term  English swivel cannon  usually refers to a small cannon, mounted on a swiveling stand or fork which allows a very wide arc of movement. Another type of firearm referred to as a swivel gun was an early flintlock combination gun with two barrels that rotated along their axes to allow the shooter to switch between rifled and smoothbore barrels.

English swivel cannons are among the smallest types of cannon, typically measuring less than 1 m (3 ft) in length and with a bore diameter of up to 3.5 cm (1¼ in). They can fire a variety of ammunition but were generally used to fire grapeshot and similar types of small-diameter shot, though they could also fire small caliber round shot. Most swivel guns were muzzleloaders. They were aimed through the use of a wooden handle, somewhat similar in shape to a baseball bat, attached to the breech of the weapon.

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.

Cannon Dimensions

Weight 82 lbs

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