The term “reenactor” shall be interpreted to mean soldiers and civilians of the 2nd Delaware. In the heat and pressure of a battle reenactment, he must keep his cool in all situations. Impatience or being hurried could result in serious injury for the reenactor or another participant. For this reason each new member of the 2nd Delaware will be administered a safety test. Each new member MUST pass this test before he will be allowed to take the field.
THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS!
After reviewing the Firearms Safety Handbook, the applicant reenactor must be checked by an officer or non-commissioned/safety officer. It is the responsibility of the applicant reenactor to notify the safety officer of his/her readiness and arrange a time for testing. Prior to taking the test, the safety officer/instructor will go over the exam with you so that you have a complete understanding of what is expected. Remember, it is not our intention to make this a difficult process, but to make this a safe environment for everyone.
The primary weapon of an infantry reenactor is the musket, most commonly the rifled musket. Although the muskets employed by most reenactors are replicas of the originals used during the War, they are almost identical in design and are capable of being just as deadly. The ammunition used by reenactors with the musket consists of a paper cartridge filled ideally with 60-65 grains of black powder. This would be considered a “blank” as it contains no ball or other projectile. Once the musket has been charged with powder, it is fired using a percussion cap. The hammer falls on the cap, which explodes sends a spark into the breech of the musket, igniting the black powder, which then explodes sending flame, smoke and unburned powder from the muzzle. The explosion of the cap and the resulting discharge of the musket are the occurrences that represent the most danger. These dangers will be covered specifically in the next section, The Musket in the Field.
Safety - General
Without a doubt safety is the most important subject that can be covered in the Handbook. Safety is the concern of all 2nd Delaware reenactors. Never hesitate to correct an unsafe situation, regardless of the ranks involved. We must all look out for each other! If there is doubt, get clarification. Ask questions. When in doubt during any field exercise, call CEASE FIRE!
The drinking of alcohol in any form is not allowed during public hours. It creates safety problems and it conveys a bad impression to the public.
The first law of safety is always: Common Sense.
There will be zero tolerance of unsafe behavior with a firearm or edged weapon.
There will be zero tolerance of the use of non-prescribed, controlled substances.