Musketry Tests at Fort Niagra.


What a great video! Thank you for sharing it

I have always been curious about the true effectiveness of Revolutionary War musketry and had some general thoughts about it though this really gives some specificity to things. Amazing. And the video quality is nice to watch too.

I would imagine once the battle was underway, aiming would be varied as the stresses of the moments dictated the action. Interesting how from the tests, accuracy went down at 75 yards. Not sure what would lead to that, maybe as you mention, the excitement. And the once they get to 50 yards it’s so close that things are much easier to hit.

Also very surprisingly high the rate at 50 yards is (66.7%), I would have thought it to be lower given all the variables in battle.

What a great analysis/look into this specific element of battle.