Cannon and artillery for hire for film industry, TV, theatre, concerts and gun salutes.

John Slough of London have been in the business of restoration and conservation of cannon and artillery of all periods for over 40 years.

The film industry’s increasing need for blank firing big guns with experienced armourers and firing team means we now have a dedicated stock of period cannon and artillery ready for hire as well as the ability to produce any custom made piece for individual requirements.

Welcome to Antique Arms Fairs

We have provided 200 guns for the Battle Proms Concerts since 1997, 50 gun salute for HM the Queen for 50th anniversary of VJ Day, 100 gun midnight salute to celebrate the new millennium at Woolwich Arsenal, 100 ton gun fired in Gibraltar in 2002 and Gun salutes for English Heritage.

18 pdr QF Field gun

18 pdr QF Field gun, complete on its original field carriage.

Proofed to fire 8oz black powder blank charge in original 18 pdr brass case.

Fired manually or by electric detonator.

Approx 3.5m long, 1.5m high with a bore 76mm.

This gun was the mainstay of the British and Commonwealth Field Artillery throughout the Great War 1914 – 1918.

It was still in use up until the 1920’s, its main use, as seen in numerous pictures from the Great War, was as the gun which fired the creeping barrages in front of the infantry in all the major battles on the Western Front, also as the main armament for Australian forces in the Gallipoli campaign.
It has become iconic in its representation of that conflict. For this year we are converting 2 of these guns to artificially reproduce the recoil of the barrel which will work independently to the firing of the charge.

9 Pdr RML Field gun, complete on period field carriage

9 Pdr RML Field gun, complete on period field carriage, Proofed to fire 4oz black powder blank charge, or can be fired using a smoke canister.

Fired by electric detonator or port fire.

Approx 3m long, 1.5m high with a bore of 76mm.

These guns were the main the armament for the Horse Artillery throughout India, Northwest Frontier, Africa, the Sudan and the rest of the former British empire, from 1875 to 1900.

7 Pdr RML (rifled muzzle loader) Mountain guns

7 Pdr RML (rifled muzzle loader) Mountain guns on disassembling carriages proofed to fire 4oz black powder blank charge, or can be fired using a smoke canister.

Fired by electric detonator.

Approx 1.5m long, 1m high with bore of 76mm

These guns were used by the Indian and British Artillery throughout the Northwest Frontier campaigns as well as in East Africa from 1872 to 1900.

24 pdr reproduction cast iron Scottish carronades

24 pdr reproduction cast iron Scottish carronades, complete on period carriage.

Proofed to fire 8oz black powder blank charge, or can be fired using a smoke canister.

Fired by electric detonator or by port fire.

Approx 2m long, 1.25m high with a bore of 15cm.

This type of gun dates from the 1790’s and was used for coastal defence throughout the former British empire.

Collection of 200 muzzle loading cannon and mortars

Collection of 200 muzzle loading cannon and mortars used for the Battle Proms concerts.

They range from 1.5m to .5m long with bore sizes of 40mm up to 200mm.

Loads from 4oz to 2lbs black powder blank charge.

Fired by electric detonator or smoke canister.

These gun were specially made by ourselves to accompany a full symphony orchestra in the performance of Beethoven’s famous Battle Symphony(Wellington’s Victory) and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

We provide all wiring and firing equipment for this complete with professional percussionist who has 10 years experience of firing the guns to the musical score.

13 pdr QF Field gun

13 pdr QF Field gun, complete on original field carriage.

Adapted to fire 25 pdr brass case loaded with 8oz black powder blank charge.

Fired manually, or can be fired by electric detonator.

Approx 3.5m long, 1.5m high with a bore of 72mm.

This gun was the standard armament for the Horse Artillery from 1904 to 1930.

It was used to great effect during the Great War 1914 – 1918 including by the New Zealand Artillery during the Gallipoli campaign as well as in the rest of Mesopotamia against the Ottoman empire.

12 pdr QF Naval Landing gun

12 pdr QF Naval Landing gun, complete on disassembling field carriage.

Adapted to fire 25pdr brass shell case loaded with 8oz black powder blank charge.

Fired manually or can be fired by electric detonator.

Approx 2.5m long, 1.25m high with bore of 75mm.

This gun was used by the Royal Navy as a landing gun from 1890 to 1930 notably in the Boer War. It would have been taken onshore in its component parts, assembled on the beach and used to provide cover for the landing of troops from the ship.

This type of gun became famous in what is now known as the Gun Run, a spectacular race between naval teams at the Royal Tournament.

9 pdr RML Naval Landing gun

9 pdr RML Naval Landing gun, complete on disassembling field carriage.

Proofed to fire 4oz black powder blank charge.

Fired by electric detonator or port fire.

Approx 1.5m long, 1.25m high with a bore of 75mm.

This gun was used by the Royal Navy as a landing gun from 1870 to 1900 throughout the British empire.

It would have been taken onshore in its component parts, assembled on the beach and used to provide cover for the landing of troops from the ship.

24 pdr Bloomfield

24 pdr Bloomfield, mounted on either a garrison or naval carriage, made of wood and are non-firing.

Approx 3m long.

They are reproductions of cannon which were used from 1790’s to 1820 as coastal defence guns or onboard ship.

These guns were made for show purposes on HMS Victory and were there on display for about 80 years.

or coastal defence throughout the former British empire.