During one of the Stoney Creek battles, a front rank man in the unit
immediately to my right was consistently misfiring. In frustration,
he shoved himself back and physically shoved his rear rank file
partner into the front. A pace and a half back, he went to work on
his lock, with the muzzle hovering and almost touching the front rank
man's neck. So intent was he, that I am sure he had no idea where
his muzzle was. His work seemed to have no effect, so he soon died a
dramatic death (perhaps overdue).
Proper drill would have had him remain in position as he worked on
his lock. If he had to remove himself to the rear rank, he should
have remained in the locked up position, so that his muzzle was
safely forward of the front rank.