Since I started hanging around with black powder geeks I have taken quite an interest in historical fiction. I have ripped through all the novels about the Blind Beak Of Bow Street and now I just picked up one of the Richard Sharpe novels and will be storming the fortress at Bajodoz in Spain. The characters face a hail of 'grape shot' and I think I know what that is...but what is 'canister'? Some kind of canon-fired explosive munition? And did those demented frenchmen load chains into their canons? Dear god... Anyways, one of the characters has what is called a 'volley gun' and it has seven barrels. I can't find anything about it on the internet. If one of you fellers have a pic I would really appreciate it. Also, any links or technical info on canon classifications would be appreciated. What is a kestrel? Or a culvern?