Setting mortar angle
Posted 10 July 2019 - 01:03 PM
Posted 10 July 2019 - 04:26 PM
For the most part I think mortars are just set up vertically unless you are trying to angle them away from a hazard or the audience, or trying to shoot your shells out over something, like a lake. Are you talking about setting angles for creating a fan effect?
Posted 10 July 2019 - 10:04 PM
Posted 11 July 2019 - 10:33 AM
Anyway I was very conscious that since my shells were going vertical in the event of failure to explode I would have a few seconds to take cover. It seems that the mortar should be set so the shell travels away from the firing area and attain an altitude of 100 feet per inch of shell diameter plus an additional 100 feet meaning the lift charge would be sufficient to attain proper altitude plus some horizontal travel. Just seems to me everyone should be in a safe zone. Maybe duds are unheard of- Ive never had one but there must be a reason that mortar racks are angled. I dont use racks but I bury the mortars but I still think they should be angled or aimed so an unexploded shell falls away from anything or anyone.
Edited by Merlin, 11 July 2019 - 10:50 AM.
Posted 11 July 2019 - 12:05 PM
i screw my mortars to a wood platform with a 10 degree angle & point it away from me. 10 degrees has always kept shells safely away from me. have never fired in heavy wind.
Posted 11 July 2019 - 01:53 PM
Edited by Merlin, 11 July 2019 - 01:59 PM.
Posted 13 July 2019 - 01:15 AM
In the UK hand firing of shells is now considered sub standard except for really small ones (2" and 3") most shells are electrically fired. For a small show mainly of cakes then a small wireless control unit may be used to launch a final volley of shells. We do use fan racks to make fan angles look right so some racks may contain 5 upright tubes and a rack the same size may contain two or three tubes at preset and fixed fan angles. We also have a couple of makers of rack systems where whole racks can be angled in a rigid frame.
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