Weapons of War: Musket Accuracy

Muskets were very inaccurate weapons and it was only the discipline of a large number of men firing them shoulder to shoulder - creating a wide wall of lead - that made it useful at anything over 100 metres.

An expert said in 1814 that: "I do maintain ... that no man was ever killed at 200 yards (180 metres) by a common musket, by the person who aimed at him."

Cavalry targets
Range Regular Troops Recruits
90 metres 53% 40%
180 metres 30% 18%
270 metres 23% 15%

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