January 30, 2006

Do I count?

Eric of Straight White Guy talks about his brother making a 30 mm cannon, at the end of it he asks “I mean, c’mon… how many friends do you have who own their own artillery?...” Reading that I instantly thought of three people, four counting myself.

I’m sure by now all of you are familiar with the Howling Jezebel, my half scale mortar that I use with the mortar maidens. Of course, this isn’t a cannon, but it is still artillery. It can launch a cement filled pop can over a half a mile. Someday I’m going to get to test that out; I just have to find someone that will let me launch cement filled pop cans on their property. I’m so used to having it around the house, that I don’t think twice about it. Nor do I find it unusual that I actually own a piece of artillery. Then again, I don’t find it unusual that I have more swords than firearms in my house, and I’m currently up to twelve firearms counting black powder.

Having items like that around really distorts your sense of “normal”. Once I upset some females at work because they where talking about people breaking into houses and I said, “I’m not worried about it, I sleep with a battle axe.” One of the females gasped and said, “You shouldn’t talk about Ktreva like that!” After I was finished laughing I explained that no, I really have a real battle-axe next to my bed (well I did at that time, I know have a Roman Gladius). I don’t think about it too often, but I have weapons all over the house. Guns, swords, knives, axes, daggers, flails, pole arms and artillery, now I’m wondering if people who come to my house get a little nervous with all the various accoutrements of violence around.

Anyway, I went off on a tangent there. The other three people I know that own artillery are all also re-enactors. I guess we are a “special” breed. Oh and all the artillery we own is from the French and Indian war to the Civil War. Nothing with modern shells, maybe that disqualifies us from Eric’s question.

Posted by Contagion in Re-enacting life. at January 30, 2006 06:55 PM | TrackBack

... but his projectiles actually explose..... goddamn, that sounded dirty.....

Posted by: Eric at January 30, 2006 06:08 PM

I presume PVC and hairspray items don't really count as artillery...

Posted by: Ogre at January 31, 2006 08:57 AM