If you had a pirate ship, that would make an excellent pivot gun. If you had an angry elephant charging at you, the gun would do less hurt to you than to the elephant. Other than that — it’s a nice wallhanger.
Having fired 2 ounce 3.5 inch turkey loads from an eight pound shotgun I imagine this BFG with the a full load of black powder is more than painful. Lets do the math on the handloads.com calculator. Eight ounces of lead at about 900 fps(my rough estimate) in a 26 pound gun is 162 ft/lbs of free recoil energy. The shotty is only 40 ft/lbs of free recoil energy. Holy cow and eff that noise, I like my retinas right where they are.
Ellen, I feel you’re on to something here, but I’d mount the swivel on a howdah, putting the elephant to best advantage. This involves getting the elephant on your side, which is never a bad idea when you think of it.
Of course, as the First Shikaris showed at Pabengmay, once having mounted the elephant, one must continue to ride…
I love the range master telling the first shooter to lean “ridiculously forward”.
It reminded me of this excerpt from an early 20th century article on the small arms of the European armies regarding Britain’s switch to the Lee-Enfield.
For some years she has been more than content with her famous 0.45 inch calibre single-loading Martini-Henry rifles and Boxer cartridges-…- and in her late “wars with peoples who wear not the trousers,” her soldiers have gallantly fired on the enemy when they knew full well what a horrible punishment they were to receive from the brutal recoil of their weapons, and have borne their torture with true English grit. An English officer informed the writer that the practice was a great aid to gallantry in battle in South Africa, for “when a fellow has been so brutally pounded by his own rifle half a hundred times, he don’t so much mind having an assegai as big as a shovel stuck through him; it s rather a relief, don’t you know.”
That last sentence gives a bit of perspective on the battle that became the film ‘Zulu’.