Afghan Iron Mule Gun with Carriage

54199A close copy of the British rifled muzzle-loading mountain gun, this steel-rifled cannon received its name because originally a mule would carry the tube and carriage when broken down. It is a steel, seven-pound, rifled mountain gun, made in Kabul, which has the Afghani national emblem surrounded by garter, emulating a British cipher in Afghan text. The cannon is 37” long, with a 3” rifled bore. Forward of the slotted cascabel is a round slot for rear adjustable sights, while the front sight is mounted on a raised block. Although currently mounted on a wood naval-style carriage, it would have originally been on a two-wheeled steel pack carriage. It includes a reproduction zinc-studded projectile.

 

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