USV Safety Regulations

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6 Exceptions to these rules would be units that carried breechloaders historically.
7. Sidearm are to be carried by officers only. Units that document the issue of pistols to enlisted personnel may carry such. HOWEVER, THEY WILL NOT BE LOADED.
8. NO LIVE AMMUNITION IS PERMITTED ON SITE! Cartridges must be of lightweight paper, in period style. NO penny wrappers, staples, wonder wads, etc. as these become projectiles if loaded!!
9. Cartridge papers will not be loaded. Powder will be poured and paper discarded.
10. Recommended loading charges are:
         -54-58 cal - load 60 grains maximum.
         - 69 cal - load 80-90grains
         - carbines - load 60 grains
         - pistols - load 30 grains
Experience has shown that any excessive powder is simply blown out the barrel unburned and wasted, creating a potential safety hazard.
11. FIREARMS WILL NEVER BE AIMED DIRECTLY AT ANY PERSON OR ANIMAL!
12. Firearms will not be discharged at a range inside 25 yards. Inside 40 yards, ALL FIRINGS WILL BE ELEVATED so as not to endanger any combatant or animal. Use "Rule of Thumb" to establish range.
13. NO gunfire in camps unless on orders of authorized officers.
14. Fingers should be kept OFF the trigger and outside the trigger guard when moving. DON'T PLACE YOUR FINGER ON THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO FIRE!
15. Fouled muskets will be taken 20 paces to the rear of the line of file closers with the unit sergeant/safety NCO to clear.
16. Ramrods WILL NOT be drawn on the battlefield as they become projectiles if left in the barrel. ONLY the file closer/safety NCO may draw a ramrod to check a firearm on the field.
17. Tompions will be left in camp. Any tompion found during safety inspections will be taken and given to your overall commander. You may reclaim it after the event.
18. No participant under the age of 16 years will be allowed to carry or fire a firearm or serve on a cannon crew.
19. NO sheath kxiives will be worn or carried into battle.
20. Bayonets will not be fixed except for drill demonstrations or stacking of arms.
21. FIREWORKS, of any type are prohibited.
22. When at "Rest", DO NOT place your hand(s) at any time over the muzzle of a rifle, loaded or unloaded. An accidental discharge could cause severe injury.
23. If it is necesary to recover fiom the "Aim" position, lower the hammer fiom the full cock position by placing the "crook" of the thumb over the hammer spur and gently bringing the hammer to "half cock". Be especially observant of the position of the muzzle.
24. At the conclusion of "live" firing in the field prior to return to camp at the end of the day, ALL firearms (including officers revolvers) will be primed and discharged on command to insure that no unborned pwoder remains in firing chambers.
25. During loading of the rifle-musket, the hammer SHOULD BE LEFT IN "FIRED" POSITION with a musket cap in place while charging with powder. This precludes the ability of air coming in through the nipple, mixing with a spark left in the barrel and causing a premature discharge as powder is being poured down the barrel. Failure to adhere to this procedure is one of the chief causes of flashes and subsequent burns during loading!
26. HAND TO HAND AND CLOSE COMBAT.
         A. While there is to be no unauthorized hand-to-hand combat, the following guidelines are for safe "close quarters combat" when opposing units meet on the field.
                  1) Musket butts should not be raised above waist level.
                  2) Muskets should be held at "present arms" position for the defensive and "port arms" for the offensive.

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