Originally Posted by ampaterry
A beautiful piece, Trantor -
I have read that each barrel was loaded with shot, which gave them a nice wide pattern of destruction.
Actually it was a lead ball. The barrels are whats called 'turn off'. They would each unscrew to reveal a space a little like a dish, and in the middle a space for powder. Put the powder on the space, seat the ball on top and screw the barrel in tight. Add a little powder in the pan and close the frizzen. Pull back the hammer, or cock as it was called and your good to go.
Just hope it all goes off as planned. If only the powder in the pan blew, failing to ignite the main charges, all you had was a 'flash in the pan'.