Sharpe's Revenge: Richard Sharpe and the Peace of 1814 Setting & Symbolism

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Canister

Canister is a type of ammunition used in field and naval guns instead of the more-traditional cannonball. Canister is composed of a thin metal or wire wrapping that holds together numerous smaller projectiles, usually lead balls similar to a musket ball. When fired, the wrapping disintegrates and the multiple balls begin to spread apart rapidly. Against hardened targets, canister is not effective. Against infantry, canister is far more deadly than roundshot. The French use canister shot against Nairn's troops during the assault on the ridge near Toulouse.

Harper's Seven-barreled Gun

Patrick Harper carries and uses a so-called seven-barreled gun. The weapon is exceptionally effective at close range. Probably intended to fictionally represent the historic Nock's Volley Gun, the weapon discharges seven 13.2mm balls simultaneously—something akin to a gigantic shotgun. The weapon is heavy, cumbersome, and delivers fearsome recoil. It is much beloved of Harper. Historically...

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