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How to Load the Rifle Musket

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1. Place gun in left hand to load position.

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2. Handle cartridge. 

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3. Tear cartridge with two front teeth.

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4. Pour contents of cartridge into the barrel, including the bullet which you should push down with your finger.

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5. Draw rammer for use.

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6. Ram cartridge into the base of the barrel.

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7. IMPORTANT: Take ram rod out of the barrel and return to its proper location.

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8. Prime the cap to ignite the gunpowder inside.

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9. Shoulder arms first to show your commanding officer that you're loaded and ready. 10. Ready, aim, fire!

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