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In the 12. how he shall present well and hold the Musket and the rest in the left hand, beating the right arme or elbow somwhat up and turning a little the bodye to the left side, the left knee bowed and the right legge straight, and this not onely for fashions sake, but also that the Muskett may be helde and shott of the surer. Besides must be regarded that when he will present, he set the Musket hard (not against the shoulder) but against the brest: for it is so more gracefull besides he shall not laye his cheeke to the stocke before he have set the Musket to his brest, because it hath other wayes no grace, much lesse can he shoote surely but to the contrarie for the most part slubbers it over in haste.

In the 13. how he having discharged shall trust the Musket a little forward, take up the rest and hold the same with the Musket in the same hand. and not trayle it, onles he were to wearie holding alwayes the Musket up, for feare of hurting any man, if the Musket should chaunce not to have gone of.

In the 14. how he shall oderley take the matche out of the cock with the same fingers he put it in, not pluckinge or snatchinge it out for feare of deadinge the coale.

In the 15. how he shall joyne againe the match betwixt the fingers where he hath taken it out, and ever hold the Musket in a meet height.

In the 16. how he shall blow of the sparkes, if any be remayned in the pann, to the ende the tutch-boxe do not rake fire, when he will put pouder in it, where by he might hurt him self, having in the meane tyme the tutch-boxe in the right hand, for to loose no tyme.

In the 17. how he shall put pouder in the pann out of the tutchbox, and not out of the charges, because the charges are drawne to and fro in charginge, and that is a great hinderance to the quicknes required in shooting.

In the 18. how he shall shutt the panne with the fore finger like, as this figure sheweth.

In the 19. how he shall cast the tutch pouder from the pann lidde, to the ende the Musket doe not go of unadvisedlye when he comes to trye the match.

In the 20. how he shall blow the pouder of the pann lidde if any were remained there on, for more assurance.

In the 21. how (to charge againe) he shall turne the Musket with the rest guydinge, or as it were, steeringe the same at the lower part or end with the right hand towards the left side.

In the 21. how he having turned the Musket shall let the same sinke to the left side and trayle the rest, and to doe it more convenientlye the right hand must presently succour the left.

In the 23. how he shall trust open the charges with the tumbe, trayle the rest and hold the Musket from the ground, if he be able.

In the 24. how he shall charge the Musket out of the charges, letting the Musket rest yet trayle, but no waye sufferinge the Musket to come to the ground, if he be not to wearie.

In the 25. how he shall with a turned hand draw the skowringstick out of the stock, traylinge the rest but not the Musket.

In the 26. (desirous to take shorter the skowring-stick) how he shall thrust the same (turned) against the bodye letting the hand slippe hastely to the neather ende for to bring it the surer in the Musket and if he will shoote with a bullet, he shall with the same hand that tooke shorter the skowring-stick, take speedely the bullet out of his mouthe or place where he usually carrieth them, and so let it fall or roule into the Musket.

In the 27. how he shall with the skowring-stick ramme the pouder and bullet together in the Musket trayling still the rest but not the Musket, if he be strong ynough.

In the 28. how he shall with a turned hand draw the skowring stick out of the Musket againe, trayling the rest but the Musket from the ground, if he be able.

In the 29. how (to take the skowring-stick shorter) he shall set the same againe to the bodye, as is sayd before.

In the 30. how (having the skowring-stick under at the ende) he shall put the same surely and speedely againe in the stock.