Things to know about Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial's Historic Weapons Safety Policy.
By their nature, any time weapons are used – with or without black powder – there is an increased risk of injury. Park staff and living historians are acutely aware of this and share both the concern and the responsibility for safe practices. Many living history groups hold their members to high safety standards and the NPS depends upon a strong, consistently demonstrated commitment to safety for any person or group involved in a park event. Ultimately, though, it is the National Park Service that is responsible for the safety of an event.
All small arms brought onto park property will undergo a primary inspection by an NPS Black Powder Weapons Supervisor. Temporary identification may be placed on each weapon denoting it as having passed NPS inspection. Weapons that fail initial inspection will receive additional attention until clearance and identification is given to the piece.
Acceptable Weapon Types :
Only reproduction firearms may be used at the park.
At all times participants are expected to display a high degree of discipline with the weapons to insure the safety of themselves, their fellow participants, and the visiting public. Whenever discussing or presenting a weapon to the public, the demonstrator will retain physical control of the piece at all times and never relinquish control of the weapon over to the visitor. In the event a visitor wants to hold or feel the weight of a weapon remember to keep a hand wrapped around the stock or strap of the weapon ready to take back control of the piece in a moment if the situation calls for it. Weapons are never to be left unattended. At no time is a visitor ever to handle a loaded weapon. Never point any weapon at any individual at any time. Always confirm that weapons are not loaded but always treat them as if they were.
All ammunition will be provided and issued to the units by NPS Weapons Supervisors prior to each demonstration. No units are to bring outside cartridges or powder in any form onto NPS property. (Exception is quills for artillery.) Before a unit leaves the firing demonstration area they will return all unused cartridges to the NPS Weapons Supervisor. No cartridges are to be removed from the demonstration area.
Firing Demonstration Safety:
All firing demonstrations taking place on park property will be done under the direct supervision of an NPS Weapons Supervisor. Ramrods may be drawn during firing demonstrations for the purpose of historical accuracy. Loading will be accomplished as instructed in the manuals with safety alterations applied to limit the time objects are in the barrel. At all times firing will commence or cease at the discretion of the NPS Weapons Supervisor.
In the event of a misfire, the correct safety procedures to execute for the security of the demonstrator and all around are as follows:
You may try to clear a misfire a total of two times after the initial attempt to fire the weapon. After the third trigger pull and the weapon still has not fired, bring the piece to the attention of the NPS Weapons Supervisor.
Edged Weapon Safety:
Great attention should be given when handling any type of edged weapon (swords, bayonets, knifes) especially when presenting to the public. A demonstrator may draw and brandish a sword so long as it is done when a barrier exists between the bearer and the visitors. At any time it will be done in a safe and prudent manner. When not behind a barrier, out amongst visitors, swords, knives, bayonets, and the like may not be fully drawn. They may be partially drawn enough to expose some of the blade for visual inspection for interpretive purposes, but no visitor may touch the blade. At no time may participants engage in simulated combat with edged weapons.
All the participants will comply with the instructions provided by the representative(s) of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial before, during, or after the event. Good order and proper behavior is expected by all persons participating. Public safety and the general welfare of everyone will always be paramount.
Approved artillery includes non-chamber smooth bore cannons and swivel guns (New 2018). Due to our Historic Weapons Supervisors' certification mortars and chambered guns will not be allowed to fire.
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|Weapon Type||Caliber||Max Blank Load|
|Swivel Gun||2 pounder||4 ounces|
|British Light||6 pounder||12 ounces|
|Iron Gun||3 pounder||6 ounces|
|Iron Gun||4 pounder||8 ounces|
|Iron Gun||6 pounder||10 ounces|
|Iron Gun||12 pounder||16 ounces|
Last updated: March 16, 2018