Field Artillery No. 1


Ten-Pound Parrott Field Rifle

Patented in 1861 by Robert P. Parrott and produced at West Point Foundry.

Identified by cast iron band around the breech. Model 1863 shown; 1861 Model had muzzle swell.

Also produced in a 20-pounder version.

Mostly used to fire shell and case, sometimes a solid iron bolt.

Canister ammo was not as effective because the rifled barrel tended to shoot the canister balls in erratic patterns.

Three inch bore diameter; 78 inch cast iron tube weighing 890 lbs.

One pound powder charge.

Range of 2000 yards at 5 degree elevation. (One mile equals 1760 yards.)


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