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Guns of History 3" ORDINANCE RIFLE1:16 SCALE
Guns of History 3" ORDINANCE RIFLE1:16 SCALE

Guns of History 3" ORDINANCE RIFLE1:16 SCALE

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Guns Of History 3'' Ordnance Rifle 1:16 Scale

by Guns Of History   Wood & Metal Kit 



The wrought iron 3" Ordnance Rifle was invented by John Griffen in 1854 as an answer to the danger of cast iron gun tubes exploding when fired. Griffen modified a procedure used in the production of wrought iron for lighthouse construction. Griffen s method wrapped 3/4" thick strips of wrought iron around an iron core. The tube was heated to welding temperature and rolled out to about seven feet long. Then, the trunions were welded on and the bore reamed and rifled. 

The result was the lightest and most durable gun to see field artillery service during the Civil War. Its marked accuracy and easy maneuverability made it the preferred weapon of the Horse Artillery, and a prize to be captured by the Confederates. The Ordnance Rifle, or Griffen Gun, remained the primary field gun of the U.S. well into the 1880s, when it gave way to steel breechloaders. About 1,000 of these remarkable guns were produced for the Union Army. Lacking the technology, the Confederacy did not produce them. 


Historically accurate and perfectly scaled

Cleanly cast Britannia metal components

Realistic spoked wheels with metal rims & axels

Smooth, accurately detailed gun Model Shipways Barrel

Scale water & grease buckets, sponge & rammer heads

Clearly written illustrated instructions

Easy to build assembly & painting time 5-10 hours

Guns Of History Kit No. MS4013  

Model length 8" / width 3-3/4" / height 3-1/4" / Scale 1:16

Difficulty Level:  Intermediate Level

Based on a Marine Model kit, revised and improved by Ken Goldman & Model Expo, Inc.

Prototype model built by Ken Goldman


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