NATIONAL CIVIL WAR ARTILLERY ASSOCIATION
INSPECTION CHECKLIST - MUZZLE-LOADING CANNON
ORDINANCE INSPECTION - cont;
_____ The accessory equipment is in good condition-- Gunners haversack, Tube pouches,
. Thumbstall, Priming wire, Vent brush, Gloves, Gimlet, Pliers, etc
_____Limber boxes, haversacks, and pouches, etc., are clean and free of spilled powder. *
_____Ammunition is properly prepared, with enough on hand for demonstration. **
_____The equipment is on hand to handle a misfire.
_____Required number of personnel is present to safely tend the box & ammunition.
_____The limber/box is situated safely in relation to the visitors.
_____The carriage is secure and solid from movement
_____The ammunition boxes are at a safe distance from the piece/s, at correct intervals, as well as from the spectators.
_____Conditions are not so dry as to risk a range fire from the muzzle blast. Equipment is available should one develop.
_____There is a first aid kit and emergency communications available.
_____There are no open fires nearby--campfires, etc.
_____All Primers are properly stored in fire retardant cases & in proper storage area.
* Storage tubes may be used to help prevent spilled powder in limber boxes. The use of these tubes shall
never be required; if loads are well made and box is clean and free of powder.
** Blank loads of 3 oz. per inch are a recommended starting point only! Bores smaller than 2.5 will use less and bores larger than 3.75” may require more than 3 oz. per inch. Large guns often require more powder to make a longer round that will not butterfly down the bore.
The rule of 3 oz. per inch as a max is for some live-fire applications and should only be used in modern guns made for live firing.
# Vents should be .20 inches or larger and free of cracks and rough crevices. Most smooth irregularities
are acceptable, but vents should have no deep pitting or cracks.