30-Pounder (4.2) Parrott Rifle
The 4.2-inch (30-pounder), like the 10′s and 20′s, came in two models for the Army, differing primarily in the muzzle swell and a doorknob-shaped cascabel for the old model compared to a straight muzzle with more elongated cascabel-bored horizontally for elevating mechanism for the new. Parrotts was easy to operate by inexperience cannoneers. It was tough: break off a piece of the muzzle, chip it back, and keep on firing. It was cheap to manufacture (not today however) costing not much more than a comparable smoothbore. Best of all, it could be produced quickly and in quantity when the crying need was for rifles. This gun is not easy to transport, usually found on Siege Carriages and occasionally on barbettes. Pictured is one our company made for Fort Pulaski, Savannah, Ga. They fire this cannon every weekend.