When filming a documentary at Kelmarsh, David Dimbleby asked me why I enjoy reenactment? I said "I like I to go bang". It didn't make the final cut. Joking aside, having the knowledge and ability to fire a musket, is one of the highlights of this hobby for me. I came into the regiment via a query on a website much like this. I had no real idea of what was in store, but rest aside I came back from my first event buzzing, and couldn't wait to go again.
At first I never really thought I would be in the middle of a battle, handling gunpowder, and setting off quite spectacular charges. Of course it feels chaotic in the middle of hundreds of others, but there are plenty of experienced musketeers there to help you, and to make sure you have a safe but fun time.
Don't think it's all pointing and firing. Musketeers go in for close combat too. We often turn the weapons around and use them as clubs. So, we get the best of both worlds! Plus we also practise detailed drill manouvres each morning so everyone is comfortable with what they are expected to do in the battle.
Mel Sergeant of Shotte
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