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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.