I have a question about the motions in firing according to von Steuben.
On pg. 16 of his 1794 facimile reprint edition of the drill manual, under "
The Manual Exercise" the very first command is Poise Firelock ( two
motions). Next is cock firelock, followed by aim and then fire.
But on pg. 28 & 29, in discussing the "position of each rank in the
firings" followed by the command " Front Rank! Make Ready! ( one motion) he
says..... "Come to the recover...".
and then proceeds to describe that position.
The same process is repeated for the rear rank.
I understand the difference between poise firelock and recover firelock,
my real question is, how do we know which method, poise - aim - fire or
recover - aim - fire
On a slightly different note, on pg. 26 , in describing the Prime and
Load command it seems that we are again suppose to come to the recover,
then bring the firelock down to the priming position and then, open pan.
It seems to me that the recover motion is often overlooked and most people
go directly to the priming position. My question though, is that to do it
correctly, should we go through all three motions at the proper pace?
I realize that there may be some disagreement regarding the answers to
my questions. What I'm searching for is more of a consensus than total
I simply want to " get the drill right", so I've come to the list to seek
it's collective wisdom.
Mike Cecere 7th VA