100 Ton Gun Napier of Magdala Battery
For the visitor to Gibraltar, no vacation in Gibraltar is going to be complete without the viewing of the 100 Ton Gun. The late 1800’s saw four of these giants built by the naval authorities of Britain, with a view toward securing their holdings. Two were built for Gibraltar, while another two were built for Malta. The 17.72 inch Rifled Muzzle loader, or 100 Ton Gun, has a barrel that is more than 32 feet long and can fire a shot that will range up to 8 miles in distance. Truly an amazing weapon in its time. Ceremonially, the gun is still in use today, though not literally, and in 2002, a reenactment of the gun firing was held for the Gibraltar Malta conference.