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Postcard of Chamber of a gun.
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Chamber of a gun

This is an iron chamber of a gun. It dates from the 16th century. Chambers were loaded with powder, slotted in the back of a barrel and held in place by a wedge until the gun was shot.

The chamber has a handle on the top side.

Guns often had two or three chambers which allowed a chamber to be loaded with powder while another was fired. This greatly increased the gun's firing rate.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-801-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.LH 236
Date: 16th century
Material: Iron
Dimensions: 222 mm L x 124 mm D
What: Breechlock, cannon
Subject: Firearms (NMAS Classification)
Description: Iron breechlock of a cannon, with a handle on the top side
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