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Posted: Apr 25, 2008 9:28:40 pm
R. Knack

Does anyone know where I can find some good, detailed information on the Confederate Williams rapid-fire breechloading cannon? I would like to attempt to build one, but thus far I have not found sufficient information (especially diagrams and drawings of the mechanism) for me to do so. I'd probably build it as a functional scale model before attempting a full-sized gun.
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Posted: Apr 28, 2008 6:52:17 pm
Greg Edington


Building a Williams gun is a complicated task, and will take roughly 10 man weeks worth of time (400 hours) or one year of half day weekends for a competent machinist.  The below website should give you the information you need before starting this task.

Approach building any piece of artillery with caution.  I hope the info helps.

Best Regards:

Greg Edington(C)
"no amount of scientific knowledge will make a rifleman without practice."

Henry Wilkinson 1852 from "Observations (Theoretical And Practical) On Muskets, Rifles And Projectiles"

Posted: May 14, 2008 2:55:12 am
R. Knack

I emailed the curator at Watervliet. He's sending me a CD, plus drawings and photos, hopefully with all the info I need. I'll likely build a scale model first, just to make sure it works (be an interesting conversation piece, when the full sized one would make the livingroom a LITTLE too crowded(noteeth)...
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Posted: Jun 25, 2008 8:40:01 pm

I've seen a replica of this at a Shot Show a couple of years ago.  I've looked but could not find the flyer.  Think that the fellow was sharing a both with Old Western Scrounger.

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