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|I understand the nine step sequence to load and fire a rifle/musket and that it is usually written that an experienced soldier could complete this three times a minute, (although I find it hard to believe that many could keep that up for long in the heat of battle). I was in a military model shop in London today and all the ACW soldiers, both sides, were modelled aiming and firing with fixed bayonets, it looked strange, and my question is, how would the bayonet affect the loading of the weapon timewise and the aiming of the weapon weightwise? I have looked at Don Trioani's paintings where there are several instances of soldiers loading rifles with fixed bayonets, looks easy but I bet it wasn't. Any of you shooters out there know?