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Shorte Instruction For the Figures: So Much as Concerneth the Right Use of Muskett for the yonge or inexpert Souldier, which instruction doth orderly agree with the Cypher letters of eche figure. And because there be some figures of stilstandinghe postures here after annexed, as found fitt for sentinels to use, to shew how a souldier in tyme of neede shall stand readie with his Musket in the Musket rest, therefore are the sayd instructions following appropriated to every figure according to theyr number.


First of all is shewed to every Muskettier, how he shall handsomely carye his Musket and his Musket rest, That is to saye: that he having the rest in his right hand, shall at every pace when he goeth, set it foreward in the earth, having a fore hand made a little string at it for to trayle the same if need be, letting the Musket come with the skrue (which is fast by the Seer) close to the shoulder, the hand about the hollowe or thum place, and the matche burning or kindled at bothe endes, betweene the twoo smalest fingers, of the same hand, lettingh the same hange downe at the in side of the stock, because he may put it up at all occasions (if need be) and to use the one and the other ende by changing, shal also alwayes besides flaske or charges, have a tutch boxe with tutch pouder, to put onely out of the same the pouder in the panne.

In the 2. figure is shewed, how he shall in an other maner carye his Musket rest, when he will make him readie to shoote, that is to saye, he shall carye the reft close to the Muskett in the left hand, letting the rest (so farre als the Iron is) come above the hand, like as this figure sheweth.

In the 3, how he shall, when he will take the Musket from his neck let the Musket rest sinke a little through the left hand without help of the right hand, and together with the right hand alone, easelye take the Musket from his shoulder, and take hold beyond the great skrue, because the Musket is there (in regard of his weight) lighter, letting the same sinke a little in the left hand, without bending the bodye to it.

In the 4. how he shall hold up the Musket with the right hand onely for to receive the same with the reft in the left hand, that is: he shall not let the Musket fall in the other hand, but shall meet it with the left hand, and joyne the lame betwixt the thumbe and the reft handsomelye.

In the 5. how he shall hold the Musket with the rest in the left hand onely, and that the Musket be neither to highe nor to lowe, but in ballance, and have his right hand free, setting the elbowe for the more strenght, against his hyppe, without trayling the Musket rest, onles the souldier weare to weake or to wearye.

In the 6. how he shall well and readily take the matche out of the left hand with the thumbe and the second linger holding ever the Musket in a due height.

In the 7. (having taken the matche betwixt the thumbe and second finger) how he shall bring the match to the mouth and blow it of without bowinge hym to much towardes it.

In the 8. how with the thumbe and second finger he shall orderly cocke the match, and not skrue it in. having before directed the widenesse of the cocke to the thicknesse of the matche.

In the 9. how he shall handsomely trye and governe the matche with the thumbe and second finger to the ende he maye presently let it higher, lower, longer or shorter.

In the 10. how he shall blow of the match and together with the two fore fingers cover the pan lidde (for feare of sparkes falling therin) and also open the same handsomely.

In the 11. how having layde the Musket in the rest (keeping alwayes the mouth of it at a reasonable height) setting the left legge before and the Musket rest some what forward, he shall be then readie to present.