Video: Patriots Day: Today’s militia, which takes great pride in its weaponry

Bryan Mahoney

When given the order, a soldier firing his musket is deadly at 20 to 50 yards. Beyond that, it’s a crapshoot.

Today’s musket, primarily used by battle reenactors and weapons enthusiasts, is very much the same as that used in the battles of the Revolution on April 19, 1775. They were primarily hunting weapons, since the farmers and tradesmen of the local militia were using their own stocks in the fight against the British.

But there’s a difference: The musket you see today is fired the same way, minus the bullet. It’s all flash and noise, but without the threat of harm.