Slow-motion video of firing a .75 calibre Brown Bess musket

    This video of the firing of a flintlock Brown Bess musket gives a good impression of the sequence of events and the time that they take to complete. Note especially how fast the powder in the pan burns and how delayed the effects of recoil are. As can be seen, there is no torque reaction on firing, due to the musket being smooth bore. This shot was part of our testing program to ensure that all loads used on the range are within the limits laid down in our Range Safety Certificate issued by the Army. You will be pleased to learn that the chronograph survived the experience unscathed!


Brown Bess musket firing sequence


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