Drill Practice

The 78th Fraser Highlanders parade with the Brown Bess musket, the weapon which holds the record for being used the longest in British history, more than 150 years. The drill sequence was taken from a 1757 manual entitled “The New Highland Military Discipline” by George Grant. It is an elegant drill which has the soldier load and fire his musket in 27 movements. Verbal orders could also be replaced by drum beats, where reloading is performed with only the final orders being given to fire.


Practices are usually held on the third Thursday of each month at 1930 hours. All officers are strongly encouraged to attend. Proficiency in basic drill is an important part of belonging to the 78th and drill practice is enjoyed by all who take part.