A type of projectile
for muzzle-loading artillery
, consisting of two balls
or half-balls connected by a bar
. Widely used in naval warfare
of the 18th and 19th centuries to destroy the mast
s and rigging
of enemy ships.
Until I researched this wu I believed chain shot were fired from two separate cannon, requiring perfect synchronization by the gunners to avoid carnage around the gun crew. How stupid am I?
In fact, both bar and chain shot are fired from a single gun, and depend on centrifugal force imparted by nonuniform friction inside the barrel to separate the shot and cut its characteristic swath.