LONGHUNTER 5, While in the warm arsenal


While in the warm arsenal, Sergeant Steve went over how to fire our flintlocks.

The most interesting thing about the sequence of firing is that you don’t use percussion caps. You use a small amount of the powder from a cartridge to prime the weapon with the greater amount of the powder dumped down the barrel to produce a discharge sound and smoke.  You have to be very careful after you have bitten off the end of the cartridge to place just a small amount of powder in what I call the primer trough before putting the rest down the barrel.  I have shot a fully loaded flintlock before and ended up missing the whole target. It took a steady hand to be an accurate rifleman in 1815.

Anyway we practiced loading and firing as if we were using real cartridges.  The whole firing sequence is very stilted and formal. However, it can be set to a musical beat, which helps keep you in the rhythm of the movement.

The next thing we practiced was manual of arms.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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