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I think today, making a best gun, completing it and then cutting it up to show how it works would be an unthinkable practise, as such I am grateful that I have left over from the days of greater production and a larger workforce, an example of such a gun. My next venture will be to see if this can be filmed in action to demonstrate the interaction of the parts and cocking of the gun.

Anson & Deeley Cut away


  • James de Penning on July 11, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Firstly, may I just say well done on a fantastic blog. Having recently discovered it I've enjoyed with great indulgence going back through the historical posts savouring the variety of topics and excellent photography. My sincerest thanks for this most excellent resource.

    Regarding this post, I would be very interested to see the gun 'in action' as you mention. Ideally, firing a live cartridge, if the gun has the integrity to do so with the cut away portions. If so, below are some suggestions that may be interesting should this be possible.

    Obviously to show the working action a super slow motion camera system would be most appropriate, and even a thermal camera to show the ignition and propulsion of the the load up the barrel. I'm not versed with the specifics of such thermal cameras, but it might be a good way to show what otherwise wouldn't or rather couldn't be seen, should such technology lend itself suitable to this method.

    Just a thought.


    • Simon Clode on July 11, 2014 at 6:50 am

      Thank you for your kind comments.

      I'm afraid I cannot fire a live round through the gun as it is, the integrity of the action is compromised by the removal of all the steel for observation. I dare say it would in fact be safe, but as I only have the one example I don't want to loose it in what could be a very good and amusing ooops! movie!

      I will endeavour to get it shot in video and I agree it will need to be in super slow motion. I think we can use a small load to give some smoke at the ejection point!

      Thanks again for your interest and comments.

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