Rarely are these guns taken outside of the fort, the Bodston Fusilers having two 2pdrs that are intended to escort them into the field.
Along with the Folks Militia, the artillery and the Marines of the Fort are under direct control of the Lord Protector, Bartholomew Motesfont
|"Mary" one of the 6pdr´s and one of the four 20pdr´s, ( known as the 4 "Puddies")|
Generally only two of the 6pdr´s will be used on a range day along with two teams chosen from a rota system.
Each team vys to better the other, the punishment for the loosing team? They have to supply the winners with free ale that evening..with drinking bouts going on long into the night, this can be expensive, not only on the purse but on the next days constitution. The reason why gunnery practice is held on a saturday and then, not every saturday!!
These "shoot downs" have become a small event in Bodstonian life. A small fair is set up near the range with people turning up from far and wide to see which team comes out trumps. Bets are placed and an unnoficial "Team League Table" is created each year, the top team recieving a small purse and a gold plaque which is attached to the winning guns carriage.
It has even drawn attention of the "upper orders" with a party being held in celebration on the weekend of the last "shoot down" the so called Cannon Ball.