The actual British Army School of Musketry at Hythe in the late 1850s and 1860s was a course of many weeks. Much of this instruction was introducing recruits to firearms, many of whom had never shot a gun before; we assume that those attending the condensed modern School of Musketry are more familiar with firearms. The following subjects are covered:

Judging Distance -- historically correct methods of estimating range in the days before laser rangefinders

Position Drill and Aiming Drill -- correct shooting posture and use of sights (including full-sight, half-sight, etc.)

Theoretical Principles -- trajectories of black powder projectiles (crucial knowledge for accurate long range shooting)

Evolutions of Infantry -- loading and firing in accordance with Her Majesty's Regulations

​Individual Fire -- shooting individually at targets from 100 to 300 yards

Platoon Fire -- engaging the enemy as a disciplined unit with volley and skirmish fire


Following the course of instruction, shooters will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and complete a condensed version of the British Army's individual rifle qualification, at target ranges from 100 to 300 yards. Historically, they fired 90 rounds at ranges up to 900 yards! Additionally,  we will attempt to beat the score of the shooters at the 1860's School of Musketry by firing at an artillery battery long-range target!

Photos from the first School of Musketry, November 2017

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The School of Musketry is instructed by three highly knowledgable professionals with considerable experience in the areas of black powder rifle shooting and historical research

Darrell Rivers, Major-Instructor and Commandant of HM School of Musketry -- historical consultant for major television and film productions, and the reenactor coordinator for the largest Civil War reenactment on the West Coast

Brett Gibbons, Serjeant-Instructor -- a US Army Reserve officer and author of the Enfield Ammunition research paper

Christopher Beresovoy, Corporal of HM School of Musketry -- commander of the 2nd Florida Infantry Civil War reenacting group with fifteen years black powder experience and over four years service in a US Army ammunition unit

For more information, please send an email:

Your musketry instructors: Darrell Rivers, Brett Gibbons, and Chris Beresovoy

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was held 

27-28 January, 2018, at the California Tactical Academy rifle ranges

​inquiries: (805) 218-2214 or 

The second School of Musketry was held at the California Tactical Academy 300 yard rifle range near Piru, CA. Although occasional winds made for some challenging shooting at times, the course was a great success. Several shooters found the ideal loads for their rifles, and routinely "clanged" the steel custom targets we had made specifically for the School of Musketry. 

What is the School of Musketry? We recreate the historic British Army's School of Musketry at Hythe from the early 1860s, and faithfully cover the principle areas of instruction.​