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Pt 2130
Happy birthday, here’s your cannon… @ Dailymail

Mike Daugherty asked his 11-year-old son Logan what he wanted for his birthday. The boy said, “I want a cannon.” Dad didn’t scoff at Logan’s request by saying, “How about a hippopotamus instead,” as a Christmas song from another era lamented. No, Daugherty is not that kind of guy. He granted his son’s wish and built him a Civil War-era cannon not a model, the real deal. The howitzer fires and rivals anything seen at Civil War reenactments across the country. He said it took him about two weeks to build and is worth about $6,000. “It looks like something right out of the battle at Gettysburg,” Daugherty said. The cast iron and steel 4-inch gun barrel is 36 inches long. It is mounted on a wooden gun carriage with two 36- inch diameter wheels. The cannon weighs about 700 pounds, so it is not something Logan will be able to carry to school in his backpack.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. Craig says:

    He can’t take the cannon to school, so he takes a picture of it instead. He shows the picture to another kid, and is immediately thrown out of school for violating the school’s zero-tolerance (ie: no thought needed) policy on gun violence. His dad will then be arrested and charged with felony child abuse (what does he think he’s doing, giving a firearm to an 11-year old?)

    Mind you, I wish *my* Dad had given me a cannon at that age, but we lived on a hill with a clear line-of-sight to the local high school, which, in retrospect, would have been too good a target…

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