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Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Jan 2017 5:47 p.m. PST

I was watching the very good BBC4 "Sword, Musket and Machine Gun" series yesterday- episode 2- it's on iPlayer if you haven't seen it.

A historian commented that effective ECW musket range was 50 yards. This made me wonder whether there are any sources from the ECW that support this, or whether there might be records of units shooting at longer ranges? Or indeed whether there are any records of ranges, at all! If anyone can point me at sources I'd be very interested to read them.

Personal logo Morning Scout Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2017 7:25 p.m. PST

This article is fairly good as a starting point for your question. Useful for directing you to additional source material. The commentary also provides useful direction. I will leave it you to take from it what you will.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2017 2:34 a.m. PST

I thought the 50 yards answer was 'useful range in the real world', rather than 'potential maximum'!

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jan 2017 12:41 p.m. PST

Thanks very much Morning Scout- that was very useful. An interesting piece.

Elenderil18 Jan 2017 2:48 p.m. PST

The link provided is very useful as it summarises sources I took weeks finding! I fully agree with the idea that the level of training and experience was the primary determinant of accuracy.

Temporary like Achilles Inactive Member22 Jan 2017 4:21 a.m. PST

Yes, very interesting link. Thank you, Morning Scout.


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