Pretty sure that was for cleaning equipment. As was also the case with some other firearms.Saw a documentary about the battle of Waterloo recently. They had a Baker rifle on the show. It had a storage compartment on the butt for patches. This must be why.
What rangers?AFAIK the baker was only issued to Rangers and not to the bulk of the British army.
The 95th had 3+ battalions by 1815. All with bakers.
The 5th battalion of the 60th infantry had rifles.
So did the light companies of the Portuguese Caçadores in the Light division. (in the peninsula war)
The light companies in the line battalions of Kings German Legion had them afaik by the later part of the war.
So there where a few thousands of them in use.
But yes, the bulk of the army had "brown Bress" muskets.
yes that is men from the 2nd battalion of the 95th... who for "plot reasons" spends 6 years as part of the light company of the 1st Battalion of the "South Essex"...In the TV show Sharpe , it was issued to skirmishers who wore a green uniform.
Generally speaking patched round balls are more accurate in a barrel with a slower twist such as 1 in 44. I don't know what the twist was in a typical Civil War rifled musket , but a patched round ball certainly could have been used . The rate of fire and accuracy would have been compromised .
yes that is men from the 2nd battalion of the 95th... who for "plot reasons" spends 6 years as part of the light company of the 1st Battalion of the "South Essex"...
Normally men in the light companies had red uniforms and used muskets.
Militia.They had the Queens Rangers , in Turn: Washington’s Spies in green aswell not sure how accurate it was.
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