Austrian Non-Regulation Cannon
The Austrian Artillery also fielded some non-regulation pieces.
Light 1-pounder amusettes (non Regulation or 'irregular‘ ordnance fielded) used by the Grenz infantry
In 1750, the Imperial Zeugschlossermeister (master artificer) Georg Johann Peyrl invented a quick-firing, breech-loading gun and another such weapon was produced at the same time by the Imperial Zeug-Lieutenant M. von Eisenstein. Both weapons were 1-pounders, 5,2 cm calibre and cast in bronze. Both weapons had ratchet-actioned sights.
In 1757, the Grenzer regiments were equipped with such 1-pdr guns. Each of these guns had a 1 horse team.
A century later, on September 28, 1860, both these weapons – among other breech-loaders - were test-fired; both tended to jam and to fill up with powder debris.
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Digby Smith for the initial version of this article