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1/72 ACW 3 Inch Ordinance Rifle Barrel

Having observed that no 1/72 manufacturer has created a properly shaped 3 Inch Ordiance Rifle for 1/72 scale, we decided to make our own 3D printed barrel to be mounted on carriages from Imex, Italeri, Revell, Esci etc. Contact us for pricing.

From Wikipedia: "The 3-inch (76 mm) rifle was the most widely used rifled gun during the war. Invented by John Griffen, it was extremely durable, with the barrel made of wrought iron, primarily produced by the Phoenix Iron Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.


There are few cases on record of the tube fracturing or bursting, a problem that plagued other rifles made of brittle cast iron.

By Hal Jespersen at en.wikipedia - Trans

The rifle had exceptional accuracy. During the Battle of Atlanta, a Confederate gunner was quoted: "The Yankee three-inch rifle was a dead shot at any distance under a mile. They could hit the end of a flour barrel more often than miss, unless the gunner got rattled."


The 1st Minnesota Light Artillery Battery converted to the 3-inch Rifle on 5 March 1864; they were described as "3-inch Rodman's guns" in an 11 Nov. 1864 letter from 1st Lieutenant Henry S. Hurter to the Minnesota Adjutant General. The 1st Minnesota Light Artillery took part in the Atlanta Campaign. It was retained in service after the war, with many converted to breechloading weapons as 3.2-inch converted rifles or 3-inch saluting guns.


It was eventually replaced by the 3.2-inch gun M1885. The Confederates were unable to manufacture the wrought iron barrels for the 3" rifle, thus captured ones were a prized item. Despite this, the Confederacy did produce various bronze 3" rifles and cast iron pieces with a straight tube, however none of them were very reliable and the latter were often prone to bursting at the breech....."

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