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|A0039...Rifled artillery projectile, Broun design, Confederate manufacture, bursting projectile, shortest pattern with single bourrelet ring, segmented interior, copper ring sabot, wood time fuze, rifled 6 pounder smoothbore, 3.67 in. |
Projectile was Confederate manufactured following William Broun's design. The sabot system utilized was a thin copper band sabot, notched into the base of the projectile. This patternprojectile with a rounded nose, utilized a wide bourrelet band at the top, the sabot was slightly larger than the rest of the projectile and served as a second bourrelet, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. A lathe dimple in the base, and a casting sprue on the nose are usually noted. This pattern was produced late in the war as iron was in short supply, recycled material was often used and the metal quality of these projectiles is almost always poor. Fuze employed was a wood time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 2, fuze hole is smooth and tapered, the simple to make fuze could easily be hammered into place. This short pattern was intended for the rifled 6 pounder. Interior of cavity is cast with segmented grooves, this was intended to produce more even fragmentation. Few of these were produced, most never made it to the field and were ultimately disposed of in the river at Selma. Projectile measures: diameter 3.6in., length 5.5in. (excluding fuze), weight 8.0lbs.
Artillery 3620 Broun short shell 3.67in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 136.
Projectile measures: diameter 3.6in., length 5.5in. (excluding fuze), weight 8.0lbs. Sabot and most of wood fuze intact. projectile is un-fired. projectile is disarmed, wood fuze can be removed exposing the empty interior. Recovered: Selma cache.
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