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How Not to Lose Your Hand While Firing a Cannon

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How Not to Lose Your Hand While Firing a Cannon

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Being a cannoneer may seem like a simple job, but reloading a cannon is actually a life-threatening job. 'The Weapon Hunter' host Paul Shull demonstrates the proper technique on a Civil War replica.

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Host Paul Shull takes a journey through Tennessee, Kentucky and Oregon to find and fire the deadliest pieces of light field artillery of the Civil War: the 10lb Parrott and the 3-inch Ordnance Rifle. But before he can fire off these powerful weapons, he must take a crash course and become a cannoneer. Follow Paul as he makes his own projectiles and meets eccentric collectors and battle reenactors. Then see him finally come face to face with the most impressive and devastating rifled guns of the bloody conflict that tore America apart.

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