Firing a Flintlock Baker Rifle
Now, more often than not, when a 95th rifleman had time to load for accuracy this was the procedure.
- Rifle is placed at half cock with frizzen open.
- The powder measure from the powder horn is with drawn. This measure is controlled by a spring and automatically drops a charge into the measure.
- The charge is dropped into the muzzle and the measure put back in place (This seals the powder supply from accidental sparks).
- The rifleman reached into his "ball bag" and grabs a greased, pre-patched ball. The patch is made of leather and helps the ball grip the rifling so the ball comes out spinning. This stabalizes the ball and gives it accuracy.
- The rifleman presses the patched ball in the muzzle with his thumb. A wooden mallet was used in the early days of the 95th to help "start" the ball into the muzzle. By 1809 The mallets were dropped from use.
- The rammer is used to push the ball and patch down.
- Withdraw the rammer and re-place it in the stock.
- The measure is withdrawn from the powder horn and a small amount of powder is used to prime the pan.
- Replace the measure.
- Spot a Frog officer, bring the rifle to full cock and snuff him!!! (elapsed time: 25-30 secs).
Thanks to Peter for these notes
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