Muskets and Rifles: The Soldier's Experience

In this video, reenactor Bill Thompson explains late eighteenth-century small arms, including how a flintlock works and the differences between rifles and muskets, and demonstrates the loading and firing of an English “Brown Bess” musket. Filmed during Living History Week at Alamance Battleground.

video transcript is available.

Video credit:

“Firing a musket: 18th-century small arms.” Published by Learn NC, March 9, 2015, on YouTube,