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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, April LETHBRIDGE HERALD-17 Juice cans replace cannon balls after Charles Bartlett builds a banger! By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer Charles Bartlett would rather build guns than shoot them. Last winter Mr. Bartlett built himself a cannon. He'd been putting it off ever since he bought the barrel of a navy cannon in the U S. about 10 years ago. Then he went and opened his big mouth at a meeting of the Fort Whoop-Up Black Powder Club of which he was a member. He told them he would make a cannon. So working evenings and Saturdays for about one month he put the weapon together. The cannon weighs 196 pounds the barrel weighs 100 pounds. The bore is 28 inches long, inches in diameter and inches thick It will use one-quarter pound of black powder per shot. Mr. Bartlett estimates the cannon could fire three-pound juice cans Heady for the powder Charles Bartlett and his cannon. DAVIS ENTERPRISES (ALBERTA) We Pay the Highest Prices (or ALBERTA STEEL PRODUCTS Division of Davis Industries Ltd. Dealers in New Structural Steel, Angles, Flats and Pipes (Wholesale Prices) Both Businesses Located at 1505 2nd Ave. S., Lethbridge Phone 327-4035 or 327-6261 tilled with concrete a maximum of three miles. The cannon is ignited with a tuse similar to that of a giant firecracker. Mr. Bartlett uses the juice cans because cannon balls are too expensive The biggest problem in building the cannon was lack of expertise. There wasn't anyone around who knew about building them. So with nothing to go on but a few pictures, Mr. Bartlett build the cannon. With the help of a few of his friends they learned how to put steel rims on the wheels. Instead of using a forge like the blacksmiths ol old would have done, they used acetylene torches and heated the metal to 700 degrees, put it around the wheels, cooled it with some water and the job was done. Not fired Mr. Bartlett built the cannon mainly for the black powder club. He hasn't tired it yet but will do so soon at the Fish and Game Range in Lelhbndge He may enter it in competitions with other black powder clubs. In the cannon competition the projectile must be put in a loot square circle at 100 vards Mr Bartlett's cannon has no sights and is aimed by a trial and error method A few shots are lired until the target is hit The distance is determined by increasing or decreasing the angle of the barrel The barrel is on a rachet and can be moved up or down with ease. Mr Bartlett built the cannon in the machine shop CO CO a: 0 SOIL TESTING SOIL ANALYSIS FEED ANALYSIS WATER ANALYSIS PLANT TISSUE ANALYSIS ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY CONSULTATION LAST CALL! Time for... Spring Soil Testing USE THE SPECIALISTS 132 N. MAYOR MACRATM DR. LETHBRIOGK. ALBERTA T1II3P3 8131 at the Lethbridge Community College where he is an instructor. A machinist by trade, Mr. Bartlett teaches, drafting students to use various types of industrial machines. Mr. Bartlett, 37. has been interested in guns since he was seven years old. He was born in Utah and brought his family to Canada in 1962. When he was in the navy for two vears Mr Bartlett learned as much as he could about guns. He also teaches a course in police ballistics to police science students at LCC One-third of the course is theory and the rest of the lime the students rebuild guns. They take old military lirearms and completely customize them into new sporting hrearms capable ol taking scopes. Mr Barllett figures students can learn more about guns by rebuilding them than Ihfv could from a book. They have elaborate equipment lor this course at the college. Mr Bartlett savs For example, they have a piece of equipment that can test the velocity of a weapon. This enables the students to test and see whether a -gun has the velocity its manufacturer says it has. Mr. Bartlett has rebuilt a lew guns ol his own. He had a .32-calibre nmfire rifle and converted it to a .32-30 and by switching the barrel it becomes a 25-20. He also put a new stock and scope on a Sako .222, a varmit ritle. He says he can hit a playing card at 300 yards on a calm day with this gun. cpx son Mr. Bartlett has a 45 Hawkin. a black-powder nlle. in his basement It's a replica of an old plainsmen rifle which was used in the hunting of Plowing champion AGASSIZ, B.C. (CP) Keith Leslie of Ontario has been named Canada's champion plowman after racking up 159 points out of a possible 200 in the competition here. Roland Bouchard of Quebec was second with 151 points and Charlie Thompson of Chilliwack, B.C., was third with 148. Leslie and Bouchard will represent Canada in the world plowing matches in Oshawa, Ont., in 1975. buffalo. Right now he's helping Greg, his 14-year- old son, build a Kentucky plainsmen black-powder rifle. 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