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6. Safety Regulations. (Reference: National Safety Rules and Procedures for Shooting Muzzleloading Artillery)

    a. Powder Charges.  Maximum blank powder charges for properly constructed guns of 3-inch bore or larger, should not exceed 2 Oz of Fg grade or 3 Oz of Cannon Grade GOEX black powder per inch of bore diameter. Maximum powder charge for bore of more than 2 inches and less than 3 inches should not exceed a total of 3 Oz. Fg or 4 Oz Cannon Grade. Use reduced loads with projectiles.

   b. Preparation of Powder Charges.  Prepare powder charges in advance using light-weight plastic baggies with end twisted closed. Leave 2 inches of twist; cut off excess plastic. Fold twist to bag. Enclose bag in a triple layer of double-thickness heavy-duty aluminum foil (six layers total). Take care not to break the plastic baggie. The bag prevents escape of powder dust and keeps granules from getting trapped under folds of aluminum to help insure complete burning. (Aluminum foil wormed out after firing often yields unburned powder although this may appear impossible to those familiar with smaller caliber guns).

    c. Storage of Powder Charges.  Pre-prepared powder charges will be stored in the limber box at an event. They will be placed in a metal container (surplus army ammunition box) to protect them from possible exposure to spark.

    d. Primers.  Primers will be stored separately from the powder.

    e. Loading.  Discipline while loading will be strict and maintained carefully by the chief of the piece and officers in command.

    f. Projectile Firing. If projectiles are to be used, which is very uncommon, follow these general guidelines:

        (1) Only fire projectiles at certified ranges.

        (2) Projectiles shall be constructed so that they easily pass through a sizing gauge with finger or thumb pressure only.

        (3) Projectiles should not weigh more than one half the weight of projectiles used in original issue guns of same bore diameter.

    g. Blank Firing.  When firing blank charges at demonstrations, only use the prepared powder charges as explained in paragraph (8b) above. - DO NOT add wadding of any type.

    h. Gun Safety Zone. No one will cross in front of the muzzle at any time during cleaning, loading or firing procedures. No engagement of troops should be done unless they are 50 yards or further away.

    i. Limber Box Security. 

        (1) The limber box will be locked when not in use.

        (2) During a firing demonstration the limber box lid will be closed prior to firing. At a re-enactment no small arms firing will be allowed around the limber box until the lid is closed.

   j. Ammunition Box.  The ammunition box shall be located 6 yards behind the gun and attended at all times or locked. The interior shall be lined with a non-sparking material and the box itself shall be stoutly constructed of wood.

   k. Ear Protection.  All crew members should wear ear protection.

   l. Smoking. No smoking at any time within the safety zone.

    m. Alcohol.  No drinking alcoholic beverages for 10 hours prior to serving on a cannon crew.

    n. Tab C.  The before, after, during firing checklist in Tab C will be used to insure safe operations at all times.

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