Cannon mount with spread tail stocks

Cannon mount with spread tail stocks

Inv. 413
Interpretation by Giovenale Argan, 1952 - 1953

The mount is the structure on which a piece of artillery rests. The example drawn by Leonardo shows end stocks that are spread out, permitting sweeping coverage of notable sectors by rotating the firearm while maintaining stability of fire. The firearm could shift rapidly in the horizontal direction by means of a guiding system, as well as in the vertical, by means of a system of rungs.

The model is based on the drawing:

  • Codex Atlanticus f. 1110 r. (1493)
    Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana