Err — actually, I was. Four years in the US Navy.lol lol lol. I am guessing that you were never in the military. I always love hearing these guys say things like “Well, if a drill sergeant got in my face, I’d give him what for.” What you’d do is stand there scared fecesless and try not to gain his attention. The very few know-it-alls were fun to watch get broken.
As to destroying the King’s property, a taste of the lash would alter your faulty thinking. You don’t own that weapon, the King does.
Pleading ignorance might not work, but I would try it anyway. Keep in mind, at that point I am still alive to make my plea. If I am dead, the issue is MOOT.