|The manuals listed below are
based on the 1845-1864 US manual, Patten's Artillery Drill, other various manuals
of the period and follow the military protocol of Teaching,
Practicing, and Demonstrating the loading and firing of
artillery "by Detail". Loading "by detail" need not be used
in the field, unless a slow controlled rate of fire is required by your gun
commander. The NCWAA has never
required the use of loading by detail, other than while teaching and
drilling. However, some commanders
find this to be a much safer method for reenacting, which allows for more control over their
guns and crews. Necessary steps have been added, to address specific
safety issues, that were not addressed in the original drill.
The original procedure had very little concern for the safety of the crew,
with none for those in front of the guns. In the spirit of honoring those
who fought in this terrible conflict, both the Drill and/or the Procedures,
have been kept as close to the original manual as safety will allow.
Drill means to teach, practice or demonstrate..... and is performed by Detail.
A "Procedure or Standard Operating Procedure" is a method of performing a task or group of tasks in a specific order.
A military procedure is taught, practiced, and demonstrated by drilling by detail.
*Please Note: The Mortar and Mt Howitzer drills are adaptations of the full scale field gun drill. This was done to allow the transfer of skills, muscle memory, and safe practices to these applications.
|DOWNLOADABLE DRILL MANUAL|
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Please Note: The Mortar and Mt Howitzer drills are adaptations of the full scale field gun drill. This was done to allow the transfer of skills, muscle memory, and safe practices to these applications.
|Mountain Howitzer Addendum
MS Word Format Acrobat PDF Format
Posted for Comment
|Mortar Drill Addendum
MS Word Format
Posted for Comment
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|Historical Drill information for reference only||1860 Artillery Handbook of artillery|
|DOWNLOADABLE SAFETY DATA AND INSPECTION FORMS
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|Powder & Blank Load Data||Ordnance Inspection Form Page 2|
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