Exercise of the
The pike is held in the right hand, the right arm being extended at full length;
fore-finger under the shoe, which rests on it; the thumb to the front, and the pike kept
in a perpendicular position against the hollow of the right shoulder.
Order Arms; 3
1st. Seize the pike with the
left hand at the right shoulder.
2d. Allow the shaft to slide
through the fingers of both hands till it is within four inches of the ground.
3d. Drop the pike on the ground;
withdraw immediately the left hand, and place the right hand in front of the shaft;
fingers pointed downwards.
Shoulder Arms; 2
1st. At the word Shoulder,
place the thumb of the right hand as quickly as possible behind the shaft.
2d. At the last word, Arms,
the pike is thrown in the position described for Shoulder Arms, the left hand being
brought across the body to assist the motion, and instantly withdrawn when it is placed on
the right shoulder, the right hand seizing it at the same time and at once under the shoe,
as already explained.
Port Arms; 1
In one motion throw the pike
from the shoulder across the body into a diagonal position, the shaft crossing opposite
the point of the left shoulder, the right hand grasping the pike at the shoe, and the left
at the height of the left shoulder, both thumbs pointing upwards; elbows close to the
Make a half face to the right;
and, in doing so, bring down the pike to nearly a horizontal position, the blade a little
upwards, the right wrist resting against the hollow of the thigh, against the hip.
Shoulder Arms; 2
1st. In coming to the front
throw the pike in its proper position on the right shoulder, the right hand holding it at
the shoe in the manner directed, an dthe left hand opposite the right shoulder.
2d. Quit the left hand smartly,
and bring it down to the left side.
Recover Arms; 1
Throw the pike to the front in a
perpendicular position opposite to the left eye, the right hand grasping it at the shoe,
which touches the body slightly, and the left hand supporting the shaft by holding it
opposite the left eye between the thumb and the forefinger; the left elbow is in this
position bent, and risen as high as the left shoulder.
Shoulder Arms; 2
1st. The pike is thrown into its
position, the left hand assisting the motion by placing it in the right shoulder.
2d. Drop the left hand smartly,
and bring it down the right side.
Shoulder) Arms; 2 Motions.
1st. Seize the shaft with the
left hand, at the height of the right shoulder.
2d. Lower the pike with the left
hand, and lay hold of it with the right so as to place it to the trail; the upper part
being somewhat advanced to the front, and the shoe a few inches from the ground; the left
hand being withdrawn the instant the pike is placed.
Shoulder Arms; 1
With the assistance of the left
hand throw the pike at once into its proper position on the right shoulder; the left hand
being immediately dropped along the left side as soon as it is placed.
Trail (from Order)
Arms; 2 Motions.
1st. At the first word Trail
place the thumb of the right hand behind the shaft.
2d. As soon as the command is
fully given slide the shaft through the fingers of the right hand, so as to situate the
pike in the position of the trail, the upper part being a little advanced to the front,
and the shoe a few inches from the ground.
Order (from the
Trail) Arms; 1 Motion.
Drop the pike at once to the
ground, to the position described for the Order, placing the right hand in front of the
shaft; finders pointed downwards.
In piling arms, after the
firelocks are properly fixed, the pikes are generally placed across the muzzles.