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Live firing of a Brown Bess - Slow Motion

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Published on Oct 24, 2007

This video was taken while test firing Brown Bess at 50 and 100 yards. Results showed that when firing at up to 50 yards, whether standing, kneeling or from a bench the smooth bore .75 caliber muskets would have been deadly. At 50 yards with a patched ball, we had no problems getting 6" groups. At 100 yards however, we had some difficulty hitting the 24"x24" targets. There is little doubt though that a line of men firing at another at that distance would have been devastating, albeit unlikely that you would hit your specific target. Further tests done earlier showed that a .75 caliber musket fired at 50 yards had no trouble penetrating 6 1" pine boards that were stacked together. The muzzle velocity was recorded at 1052 feet per second. (just sub sonic)

Sighting using the bayonet lug, and without a rear sight is difficult. Further, the delay between pulling the trigger and the musket actually going off made achieving greater accuracy more difficult.

We were able to recover many spent musket balls, and some could almost have been reloaded and fired again.

After firing 10 to 12 rounds, it became difficult to ram the ball down the last several inches of the barrel. Accordingly, we took breaks to clean the muskets every dozen or so rounds.

Despite the weight of almost 9 lbs, note the powerful recoil.

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