from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A charge of gunpowder used in the proof of a gun of any caliber. Proof consists in firing a specified number of charges which shall produce the maximum pressure which the gun is intended to withstand in service.


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  • Alright, alright, I'm guilty *hangs head*

    October 10, 2008

  • Are you defending yourself, bil?

    October 10, 2008

  • I deny the charge, Your Honour. Not guilty.

    October 10, 2008

  • "a charge of powder used in proving guns. This charge, for twelve pounders, and all smaller iron ordnance, is powder equal to the weight of the ball, with one shot and two hard junk wads, twice fired. Brass mortars are fired twice with their chambers, filled with powder and an iron shell. The charge for light brass ordnance is, three pounders, three times, with one pound of powder each; six pounders, three times with 2 lbs. each; twelve pounders, twice with four pounds each." (citation in list description)

    Holy crap, these are *enormous* charges!

    October 9, 2008