Regimental Drill

SPRING RAMMERS

     

 

ORDER ARMS

Body at attention

Right hand gripping musket

Butt by right foot

Barrel vertical and along hollow of right shoulder

Muzzle about 2" (5cm) from shoulder

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SHOULDER ARMS

Main drill position

Raise musket with right hand until the hand is level with the chest.

Grasp musket with left hand just below the right.

Lower right hand and grasp trigger guard with thumb and fore-finger, the other three fingers behind the stock.

The right arm is extended beside the body.

The musket is vertical and resting on the small of the shoulder

Drop left hand to side


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RIGHT SHOULDER SHIFT used for extended marching


Grasp musket with left hand between lower band and sight.
Raise left hand to shoulder level. Grasp butt with right hand, thumb and 1st two fingers on stock, other two fingers on butt plate.

Drop left hand to side and raise musket with right hand, lock plate up.
To return to 'shoulder arms':-
Drop right hand to side of body with barrel against body
At the same time, grasp the musket with the left hand between the lower band and sight.
Grasp trigger guard with right hand and lower musket to position of 'shoulder arms'.
Raise left hand, palm against musket, up to shoulder level to press the musket against small of the shoulder.
Drop left hand to side.

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SUPPORT ARMS
Bring musket to front using right hand.
Grasp musket at lower band with left hand.
Raise left hand to chin level.
Grasp musket with right hand 4" (10cm) below hammer, turn barrel to front and place it against left shoulder.
Place left palm on chest.

Support musket by resting hammer on crook of the arm and pressing the musket to the shoulder.
Drop right hand to side.

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Optional command REST
Bring right hand quickly to grasp small of stock. Soldiers need not remain silent or at attention.

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On 'ATTENTION COMPANY' resume 'support arms.

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PRESENT ARMS
Bring musket to front with right hand. Grasp musket with left hand halfway between lower band and sight.
Turn thumb up and make left fore-arm horizontal. Grasp the small of the stock with the right hand below and against the trigger guard.
To return to 'shoulder arms' use both hands to bring the musket to the 'shoulder arms' position. Grasp trigger guard with right hand. Raise left palm up the musket to shoulder level. Drop left hand to side.

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SECURE ARMS
With right hand bring musket to front. Grasp at lower band with left hand and raise to chin level.
Grasp stock with right hand. Turn barrel to front and bring musket opposite left shoulder with the butt against the hip.
Keep the left hand at the lower band, thumb extending on rammer.
Invert musket putting trigger guard under left arm.
Drop right hand to side.

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TRAIL ARMS
Similar to 'order arms' with the muzzle tilted forward and the butt to the rear about 4" (10cm) from the ground.
Rear rank soldiers take care not to touch the front rank with bayonets!
To return to 'shoulder arms' on 'shoulder' make musket vertical, on 'arms' raise to 'shoulder arms'.

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GROUND ARMS
From 'order arms' position: on 'arms' turn musket with the right hand so that the barrel is to the left. At the same time, grasp the cartridge box with the left hand behind the back.
Step forward with the left foot and lay the musket on the ground with the lock plate up and the butt next to the right toe. Raise, let go of the cartridge box.
Stand to attention.

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RAISE ARMS
Grasp cartridge box as before. Step forward with left foot and grasp musket with right hand.
Raise musket and assume 'order arms'.


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FIX BAYONETS
From 'shoulder arms': grasp the musket with left hand at shoulder level. Let go with right hand and place butt on ground between feet, with rammer facing body and barrel vertical about 3" (7cm) from chest. this is the LOAD position.
Grasp the musket at the upper band with the right hand. the left hand grasps the bayonet, back of hand against body with thumb down. Draw bayonet from scabbard and attach to musket. Grasp musket with left hand at the upper band. Drop right hand to side.
Command: 'shoulder arms'; on 'arms', raise the musket with the left hand and place against hollow of shoulder. At the same time grasp the trigger guard with the right hand and the drop left arm to side.
(If 'fix bayonet' is given from 'order arms', then resume 'order arms' after fixing bayonet.)

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CHARGE BAYONET
Raise musket slightly to face half-right. Come to the 'ready' position.
The tip of the bayonet should be at eye level. (If in 2 ranks, the rear rank remains at 'shoulder arms.')
Command; 'shoulder arms'
While facing the front, bring musket to the shoulder with left hand. Grasp trigger guard with right hand and drop left hand to side.

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GUARD AGAINST INFANTRY
Turn half right on both heels and grasp musket with left hand just above rear band.
Move right foot 20" (50cm) to rear, knees slightly bent. Grasp small of stock and lower musket until point of bayonet is slightly elevated.
On 'shoulder arms'; raise musket to shoulder with left hand then lower to side. Move right foot up to left, facing front.

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GUARD AGAINST CAVALRY
As 'guard against infantry' except that the point of the bayonet is at eye level as in 'charge bayonet'.

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UNFIX BAYONET
Bring musket to 'LOAD'.
Remove bayonet with left hand and return it to scabbard.

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INSPECTION ARMS
Musket to 'LOAD'. Fix bayonet. Place rammer in barrel. Assume 'order arms'.
When the inspector is in front of the soldier, the soldier raises the musket with the right hand. He then grasps musket with the left hand between the lower band and the sight, and raises his left hand to chin level with the lock to the front. The barrel is in front of the left eye. the right hand drops to the side.
The inspector may take the musket with his right hand. When the inspector does take it, the soldier drops his arms to his side. When the inspector is finished, the soldier takes it back with his right hand, and returns to 'order arms'.
When the inspector passes on, the soldier brings his musket to the 'LOAD' position. He then returns the rammer and resumes 'order arms'.
If the inspector does not take the musket, but passes on, the soldier brings his musket to 'LOAD', returns the rammer and resumes 'order arms'.
The captain may then command 'Unfix Bayonets'.

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SPRING RAMMERS
On 'rammer' bring musket to 'LOAD' and place rammer in barrel. 
Resume 'order arms'. The inspector may spring the rammer or ask the soldier to do this. 
Ring = unloaded
Clunk = loaded

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