Monday, September 13, 2010
Ottoman Hooped Iron Gun
This 1464 gun is identical to the pieces used against Constantinople. Kritoboulos records that the very largest of Mehmed II's guns in 1453 was 8.17 meters (26.8 feet) long, made of two halves that screwed together. The bore was 76 cm (30 inches) in the front half (for the shot) and 25 cm (10 inches) in the back half for the charge. In the illustrated example the halves weighed 8-9 tons each.
Ref. Heath, "Byzantine Armies ---"