CAN12 – Ordinance Rifle, 3/4 scale, 2-1/4″ bore, 340#, 55″ long.
The mid sized scaled guns make a nice compromise in a large gun without the expense of a true full scale reproduction. This allows you to buy TWO!!
Hern 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. $250- $400 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 Ordnance Rifle , Model 1861, was the most-used light artillery piece of the Civil War. More guns of this pattern were made than any other. Ordnance Department records show that nearly 1,000 were purchased, but published reports based on records of Phoenix Iron Company which manufactured them indicate the total was closer to 1,400. Since it first appeared on the field, confusion has surrounded its proper name. Due to a somewhat superficial similarity to the cast iron guns designed by Capt.
Thomas J. Rodman, the name “Rodman” has often been attached to this gun . But it is not a Rodman gun. The 3-Inch Ordnance Rifle was made of wrought iron under a patented process invented by John Griffen, superintendent of the Phoenix Iron Company, Phoenixville, Pa. Its official government name — on the drawings, on the contracts and in the inspection and payment registers — is 3-Inch Wrought Iron Rifle. That is a good point to remember as it is the absolutely correct name.
The modern, generally accepted term 3-Inch Ordnance Rifle is more common. This name “Ordnance Rifle,” which is not found in any records of the early 1860s, comes from the fact that the Army Ordnance Board drew the final design and set the specifications in July 1861, for both the 3-Inch Wrought Iron Rifle and a 4.5-Inch Siege Rifle. Though the latter is of similar design and shares the common name “Ordnance Rifle” today, it is a cast-iron gun of completely different manufacture.
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.