After writing on Moday I actually read the manual-- I haven't looked at it in
about 6 months and it shows. The US 1812 manual says that the soldeir will not
throw away his shot (Smyth's) in the soldeir's instructions. I remembered then
that the trigger guard thing is a lie I tell new troopies. I believe that a
few of the diaries from the NW campaign might shed more light on the subject,
(I know I read more somewhere) but I can't remember details and don't have
time to look. I had hoped someone would call me on this-- means someone is
Windage does slow the loading of the musket. Imagine a fouled musket (say five
shots) and a tight fitting ball-- encased in its nice little papaer wrap-- and
shoving that down the bore (pound pound pound!!!!).
Perhaps we should talk about how stupid and arrogant Americans are again for
the benefit of the bored. Or, boredom aside, they could add something new to
the discussion-- maybe some intersting new research.