Uploaded on Dec 31, 2010
2/95th Regt (Australia) re-enactors test the accuracy of the Brown Bess
musket. The test is inspired by the remarkable accuracy of the 2009
test of tap or spit loading. Range 100 yards. Black powder was 2F. Ball was .67, bore of
muskets was .75 inches. Notably, we did not have bayonets fitted.
The accuracy demonstrated in the test might indicate why light infantry
companies in line regiments were satisfied with the Bess. But it does
not readily explain why commanders were so intent on regiments
reserving their fire until close range. Was the reason not so much lack
of accuracy but the desire to connect the shock effect of a volley with
a bayonet charge? 100 yards is beyond effective charge range.
Or maybe modern day re-enactors are just better trained at shooting
than line infantry soldiers in 1805-15.
UPDATED - improved video quality. Lower quality version retained on YouTube but comments are locked.
CAUTION: not all safety procedures used in this demonstration are
evident in the video.