Do not use Gasoline or other petroleum based products when cleaning your firearms or equipment. They are flammable, explosive and toxic.
If you wish to use filler in your blanks, use tissue or corn meal.
Bring blanks only. Leave "show and tell" bullets in camp.
Have a clear field of fire of at least 50 feet. Elevate the muzzle. This is especially true when there are "wounded" in front of you. The muzzle blast is deafening. In addition there is the danger of burning embers. Look carefully before firing.
Count your tools, before and after cleanup. Except for inspection, do not leave the ramrod in the barrel.
Check any borrowed weapon to see if it is loaded. It is your ultimate responsibility!
If you fire live rounds from your gun at a range, remember to clean your gun carefully. A lead buildup can occur in the barrel. Use a copper brush when cleaning the barrel. When the musket is fired in a reenactment scenario, the lead "ring" may actually blow out of the gun and can be dangerous.
General Firearms Provisions
All muskets employed by the 2nd Delaware soldiers shall be of the three (3) band type subject to approval and inspection. The frequencies of firearms inspections are to be determined by the Unit Commander, aided by the senior NCO. Prior to purchasing a firearm it would be prudent to consult with the commanding office, senior NCO and the 2nd Delaware safety officer that they may make recommendations to assist in your purchase.
Inspections during an event are the responsibility of the commanding officer. These inspections will insure the safety of our members and those units that we may encounter in the field. The senior NCO will make note of discrepancies, in the interest of rectifying any problems encountered. Inspections will follow period drill format, prudence and safety not withstanding and shall be carried out by 2nd Delaware officers, NCOs and/or Safety Officer. The following are general rules:
Bladed weapons are to have sheaths that fully enclose and guard the edge. Scabbards shall be complete with tips in good repair and shall be properly mounted within the belts.
The handling of firearms when under the influence of alcohol or drugs is strictly forbidden.
All firearms must be unloaded subsequent to stacking or storage during or after an event. The senior NCO will, at the direction of the Company Commander, require several caps to be fired to make sure the weapon is unloaded.
Civilians are not authorized to carry a loaded firearm in the 2nd Delaware Camp, under any circumstances. The firearm will NOT be carried out of the camp unless the firearm is required for participation in scripted scenarios at reenactment events and/or living histories. Additionally, 2nd Delaware officers, NCOs and/or Safety Officer will inspect the firearm prior to leaving