This military ClipArt gallery offers 72 illustrations of artillery weapons spanning the ages, from catapaults and ballistas to cannons, howitzers, and rail guns.

"Ordinance is military guns of the larger class; artillery; also called rifles, guns, or cannon."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Driggs-Shroeder 6-Pounder

"Ordinance is military guns of the larger class; artillery; also called rifles, guns, or cannon."—(Charles…

"Armor-piercing shells are projectiles so constructed as to bore through the metallic plates with which modern ships of war are coated."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Armor-Piercing Shell

"Armor-piercing shells are projectiles so constructed as to bore through the metallic plates with which…

"Armor-piercing shells are projectiles so constructed as to bore through the metallic plates with which modern ships of war are coated."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Armor-Piercing Shell

"Armor-piercing shells are projectiles so constructed as to bore through the metallic plates with which…

"7-inch Armstrong Breech-loader." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Armstrong Breech-loader

"7-inch Armstrong Breech-loader." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Amoung the larger kinds of military weapons in use before the invention of gunpowder. The balista, the catapulta, the scorpion, and the onger, propelled large and heav missiles, chiefly through the reaction of a tightly-twisted rope of hemp, flax, catgut, sinew, or hair; or else by a violent movement of levers." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Ballista

"Amoung the larger kinds of military weapons in use before the invention of gunpowder. The balista,…

An illustration of a 40 pound mortar stick bomb shell. The shell have three wings, or vanes, around the shell to travel a long distance.

40 Pound Mortar Stick Bomb Shell

An illustration of a 40 pound mortar stick bomb shell. The shell have three wings, or vanes, around…

An illustration of an early 99 lb. stick bomb used in a mortar. This bomb had vanes, or wings, around the shell to travel further.

99 Pounds Mortar Stick Bomb Shell

An illustration of an early 99 lb. stick bomb used in a mortar. This bomb had vanes, or wings, around…

A breech-loader captured in the war with Mexico.

Breech-Loader

A breech-loader captured in the war with Mexico.

A British cannon captured at Yorktown during the Revolutionary War.

British Cannon

A British cannon captured at Yorktown during the Revolutionary War.

Movable canon on wheels.

Cannon

Movable canon on wheels.

A large hollow metal cylinder closed at one end, and variously mounted, used for throwing balls by the force of gun powder.

Cannon

A large hollow metal cylinder closed at one end, and variously mounted, used for throwing balls by the…

A bronze breech-loading cannon captured in Corea, age unknown.

Cannon

A bronze breech-loading cannon captured in Corea, age unknown.

A U. S. N. medium 32-pounder.

Cannon

A U. S. N. medium 32-pounder.

A cannon from the time of Cortez. "It will be observed that the pieces have no trunnions, and are supported in a kind of trough. They were breech-loaders by means of chambers, three of which, with handles, are seen (in the cut) lying on the ground, and one is in place, in the gun on the right. In the Naval Museum at Annapolis there are guns captured to be the ones used by Cortes. A search of the records of the Ordnance Department at Washington, instituted for me by Commodore Sicard, at the suggestion of Prof. Charles E. Munroe of the Naval Academy, has not, however, revealed any documentary evidence; but a paper in the <em>Army and Navy Journal</em>, Nov. 22, 1884, shows such guns to have been captured by Lieutenant Wyse in the 'Darien.' The guns at Annapolis are provided with like chambers, as seen in photographs kindly sent to me. Similar chambers are now, or were recently, used in firing salutes on the Queen's birthday in St. James' Park." &mdash; Winsor, 1886.

Cannon

A cannon from the time of Cortez. "It will be observed that the pieces have no trunnions, and are supported…

An illustration of one of the cannons salvaged from the wreck of the USS Oneida.

Cannon

An illustration of one of the cannons salvaged from the wreck of the USS Oneida.

An illustration of a cannon.

Cannon

An illustration of a cannon.

A "Long Tom." A cannon used during Madison's administration.

Cannon

A "Long Tom." A cannon used during Madison's administration.

An illustration of soldiers loading a cannon.

Cannon & Soldiers

An illustration of soldiers loading a cannon.

Cannon used at the time of the American revolution

Cannon used at the time of the American Revolution

Cannon used at the time of the American revolution

The Serpentine was a cannon used in the sixteenth century.

Serpentine Cannon

The Serpentine was a cannon used in the sixteenth century.

Picture of Spanish cannons

Spanish Cannon

Picture of Spanish cannons

Cannon able to swivel around 360 degrees.

Swivel Cannon

Cannon able to swivel around 360 degrees.

A ball usually made from cast iron, to be thrown from cannon.

Cannon-ball

A ball usually made from cast iron, to be thrown from cannon.

Cannon used at the time of the Civil War

Civil War Canon

Cannon used at the time of the Civil War

Double-barreled 'Dragonneau,' cast in 1503 in Madrid.

Dragonneau

Double-barreled 'Dragonneau,' cast in 1503 in Madrid.

"9-poounder Field Gun Carriage (elevation )." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Field Gun Carriage

"9-poounder Field Gun Carriage (elevation )." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"9-pounder Field Gun Carriage (plan)." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Field Gun Carriage

"9-pounder Field Gun Carriage (plan)." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"A Gatling Gun ready for firing." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Gatling Gun

"A Gatling Gun ready for firing." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Lock of a Gatling Gun." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Gatling Gun

"Lock of a Gatling Gun." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"GRAPE-SHOT. A projectile discharged from a cannon, having much of the destructive spread of case-shot with somewhat of the range and penetrative force of solid shot." -Whitney, 1911

Grapeshot

"GRAPE-SHOT. A projectile discharged from a cannon, having much of the destructive spread of case-shot…

"Field-gun Carriage. A, stock. B, cheek. a, lunette; b, trail-plate; c, c, pointing-rings; d, handle; e, e, prolonge-hooks; f, wheel-guard plate; g, lock-chain bolt, nut, and washer; h, turn buckle, chain, and hasp for sponge and rammer; i, stop for rammer-head; k, ear-plate for worm; l, elevating-screw; m, under-strap; n, implement-hook; o, D-ring for hand-spike; q, trunnion-plate; r, cap-square; s, s, cap-square chains and keys; 1, prolonge; 2, sponge and rammer; 3, hand-spike." -Whitney, 1911

Field Gun Carriage

"Field-gun Carriage. A, stock. B, cheek. a, lunette; b, trail-plate; c, c, pointing-rings; d, handle;…

"9-inch Gun Wrought Iron Carriage and Dwarf Platform." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Gun Wrought

"9-inch Gun Wrought Iron Carriage and Dwarf Platform." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

An illustration of an early field gun.

Early Field Gun

An illustration of an early field gun.

A field gun is an artillery piece. Originally the term referred to smaller guns that could accompany a field army on the march and when in combat could be moved about the battlefield in response to changing circumstances. This was as opposed to siege cannon or mortars which were too large to be moved quickly, and would be used only in a prolonged siege.

Field Gun

A field gun is an artillery piece. Originally the term referred to smaller guns that could accompany…

"The Gatling gun is a machine gun, invented by Richard J. Gatling. The gun consists of a series of barrels in combination with a grooved carrier and lock cylinder."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Gatling Gun

"The Gatling gun is a machine gun, invented by Richard J. Gatling. The gun consists of a series of barrels…

"Ordinance is military guns of the larger class; artillery; also called rifles, guns, or cannon."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Noiseless and Flashless Gun

"Ordinance is military guns of the larger class; artillery; also called rifles, guns, or cannon."—(Charles…

Brass howitzer.

Howitzer

Brass howitzer.

A howitzer is a type of artillery piece that is characterized by a relatively short barrel and the use of comparatively small explosive charges to propel projectiles at trajectories with a steep angle of descent. In the taxonomies of artillery pieces used by European (and European-style) armies in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, the howitzer stood between the "gun" (which was characterized by a longer barrel, larger propelling charges, smaller shells, higher velocities and flatter trajectories) and the "mortar" (which has the ability to fire projectiles at even higher angles of ascent and descent).

Howitzer

A howitzer is a type of artillery piece that is characterized by a relatively short barrel and the use…

"9-pounder Limber (elevation)." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Limber

"9-pounder Limber (elevation)." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"9-pounder Limber (plan)." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Limber

"9-pounder Limber (plan)." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

A large cannon placed on naval ships during the American Revolution.

Long Tom

A large cannon placed on naval ships during the American Revolution.

"Nordenfelt Machine Gun. 1-10, parts of frame; 11, breech plug; 12, striker; 13, extractor; 14, cartridge receiver; 15-18, 23-31, lock and trigger parts; 19-22, locking action; 32-35, loading action; 36-39, cartridge receiver; 40, cover; 41-44, parts of hand-lever; 45-49, traversing action; 50-55, elevating and trailing action; 56, 56, hopper and slide." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Machine Gun

"Nordenfelt Machine Gun. 1-10, parts of frame; 11, breech plug; 12, striker; 13, extractor; 14, cartridge…

"Nordenfelt Machine Gun." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Machine Gun

"Nordenfelt Machine Gun." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

A short barreled, high angled, short ranged cannon.

Mortar

A short barreled, high angled, short ranged cannon.

An illustration of a mortar battery located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A mortar is a muzzleloading indirect fire weapon that fires shells at low velocities, short ranges, and high-arcing ballistic trajectories. A battery is a until of weapons grouped in order to facilitate better battlefield communication and command and control, as well as to provide dispersion for its constitute gunnery crews and their systems.

Mortar Battery

An illustration of a mortar battery located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A mortar is a muzzleloading indirect…

An illustration of a 12 inch B.L. mortar.

12 Inch Mortar

An illustration of a 12 inch B.L. mortar.

An illustration of a 240 mm Trench Mortar used by the French during World War I, and designed by Dumezil&mdash;Batignolles. The mortar had a short barrel firing 192 lb. bombs.

240 mm Trench Mortar

An illustration of a 240 mm Trench Mortar used by the French during World War I, and designed by Dumezil—Batignolles.…

An schematic illustration of the 3 inch Stokes mortar. The mortar is made out of steel and screwed onto the ground for support by a cap. The mortar was used by the British in the trench during World War I.

Barrel View of Stokes Mortar

An schematic illustration of the 3 inch Stokes mortar. The mortar is made out of steel and screwed onto…

A light carriage minenwerfer class mortar used for direct fire. The barrel and the shifting lever is moved up during loading, while the angle of the mortar is adjusted by the elevating screw in the front.

Rifled Carriage Light Minenwerfer Mortar

A light carriage minenwerfer class mortar used for direct fire. The barrel and the shifting lever is…

The illustration shows a schematic view of the Stokes Mortar being mounted onto the bipod. The mortar is mounted on to the bipod. The bipod adjusts the mortar's angle by adjusting the the elevating handle moving the gears.

Front View of Stokes Mortar with Bipod

The illustration shows a schematic view of the Stokes Mortar being mounted onto the bipod. The mortar…

An illustration showing the German minenwerfer, or mine launcher, class for short range mortars. The mortar weighs around 1693 pounds, and has a rifle length of 4.54 calibers.

Rifled Heavy Minenwerfer Mortar

An illustration showing the German minenwerfer, or mine launcher, class for short range mortars. The…

A light minenwerfer with 7.6 cm caliber designed by German during World War I. The series of gears adjusts the angle of the barrel by turning the hand crank.

Rifled Light Minenwerfer Mortar

A light minenwerfer with 7.6 cm caliber designed by German during World War I. The series of gears adjusts…

The illustration of a medium trench mortar used during World War I. The mortar was designed with a rifled barrel to spin stabilize the shell.

Rifled Medium Trench Mortar

The illustration of a medium trench mortar used during World War I. The mortar was designed with a rifled…

"The mortar is a stout cannon of forged steel with simple vent firing and rear trunnions. The maximum pressure with the heaviest bomb is 16 tons to the square inch." &mdash;Encyclopeadia Britannica, 1922

Mounted Steel Mortar

"The mortar is a stout cannon of forged steel with simple vent firing and rear trunnions. The maximum…

A parrot gun.

Parrot Gun

A parrot gun.

A plan of the Mark I Tank with the interior moving mechanical parts labeled. The tank was used during World War I by the British Army.

Mark I Tank Plan

A plan of the Mark I Tank with the interior moving mechanical parts labeled. The tank was used during…

A side view of the Mark IV Tank showing the interior mechanical components. The tank went into production in May 1917.

Mark IV Tank Plan

A side view of the Mark IV Tank showing the interior mechanical components. The tank went into production…

The top interior view of the Mark IV Tank showing the belt drive and other mechanical parts to move the tank.

Mark IV Tank Top View Plan

The top interior view of the Mark IV Tank showing the belt drive and other mechanical parts to move…

A plan illustrating the interior side view of Medium Mark A tank. The plan shows a detailed schematic to operate the tank.

Medium Mark A Tank Plan

A plan illustrating the interior side view of Medium Mark A tank. The plan shows a detailed schematic…

A plan illustrating the interior mechanical view of Mark V Tank.

Medium Mark V Tank Plan

A plan illustrating the interior mechanical view of Mark V Tank.