17th Century Musketeer Drill

While speaking of Colonial-era militias, much emphasis is placed on the use of firelocks with their related “12 Apostles” but to be sure, many 17th Century town militia forces had to fall back on the old staple of the Hundred Years’ War and Burgundian Wars– the pike. There was good reason for this as firearms of any type from this period were expert’s weapons.

And the drill for these weapons was serious, as demonstrated by this superb reenactment video courtesy of the Massachusetts National Guard, featuring the Salem Trayned Band:

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