Building the “Old Ironsides” Mini Cannon from Traditions Firearms is like traveling back in time. Nothing short of a time machine can take you closer to the early 1800s and America’s “second fight for independence” – the War of 1812. With its authentic hardwood naval carriage, gleaming 9” nickel-plated barrel and historically accurate scale, this striking, fully functional replica faithfully mirrors one of the cannons that pounded British ships from the decks of the legendary U.S.S. Constitution, better known as “Old Ironsides” for its impenetrable oak construction. Like those thundering naval deck guns, this miniature reproduction accurately fires .50 caliber round balls using black powder; it even includes a barrel brush for cleaning between rounds, just like the original. But shooting mini cannonballs is just half the fun, which begins by handcrafting this handsome work of historical artistry. Both calming and entertaining, building the mini cannon is a perfect leisure activity for busy adults who need relief from stress or retirees who want a fulfilling way to occupy extra time. It’s also a fantastic learning and bonding project for parent/grandparent-and-child. Once complete, the “Old Ironsides” Mini Cannon displays beautifully anywhere in your home or office – mantle, bookshelf, curio cabinet, desk, dresser, etc. Regardless of where it’s housed, this beautiful 14 1/4” long cannon is sure to be an instant eye-catcher and admired conversation piece. Makes a terrific gift for military historians, veterans, historic gun collectors, craftsman, artists or anyone who enjoys working with their hands. Weighs four pounds..