Re: [WarOf1812] Musket firing training
- Iwould think you would still want to draw wadded powder though. Wouldn't
want it getting all gummy in the breech. IIRC the windage in a Bess was
proportionally greater than in the French and American armies, with the
Americans having the tightest fit. So a new twist on the phrase "rolling
volley" might be very practical. Unfortunately I'm not in a position to
check my references right now, so going from memory. "Aim low lads.... No
No! Not that low!" <vbg>
I'm not sure I'd be too tickled to have rounds going off at any time. Even
at a post I wouldn't take kindly to a shot disturbing my rest, and it might
have a complacency factor should there be a real emergency. But perhaps
they went to a specific area to discharge their firearm, or signalled,
or....? Or maybe it was just unique to Fort So-And-So on the frontier. Me,
I'd be annoyed as the sentry for creating a need to clean it!
"Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able
to tell the difference."
>Subject: Re: [WarOf1812] Musket firing training
>Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2006 06:56:24 EDT
>In a message dated 13/04/2006 21:22:23 Central Standard Time,
>For the Americans I seem to recall someone posting that when they were on
>sentry duty at a post they fired off their round when relieved rather than
>pulling the ball to get some target practice. That may have been the
>some post rather than doctrine though. Still, for an army that called
>rather than "Present" I would infer some practice at shooting.
>Interestingly the British practice was to load 'running ball' that is the
>charge was rammed home but the ball was put in after so that, after
>sentry duty, the ball could be rolled out without the need to fire the
>or draw the charge. This was particularly used on campaign when firing the
>musket might alert the enemy.
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