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posted Jul 8, 2017, 11:39 AM by Morgantown GunClub

Saturday, July 15th

Howdy Folks!  It’s been a while since we had some organized black powder shooting at the Club and the fall “Money Shoot” isn’t ‘til September.  So, I was thinkin’ we should have an impromptu get together before then.  And since the Club has no scheduled activities in July, why not?

This “Get Together” is open to everyone, Club members and the general public.  If you are a seasoned black powder veteran, bring your gun(s) and we’ll burn some powder.  If you have never fired a black powder gun but have an interest, you are the people I would like to see there!  This will be an opportunity for the beginner to get some hands on experience in a relaxed setting. There is no fee to participate and the Club will provide sodas/water and light snacks.  However, all participants must provide their own required hearing and eye protection.

Given that July is our hottest month of the year, I believe the morning will be the best time to shoot so I will be there between 9 AM and 1 PM.  (The Rain Date will be Sunday, July 16th from 10 AM to 1 PM.)  And since this is a Club sanctioned event, the range will be closed all morning and until 1 PM.  

There are no specific activities scheduled. Just a bunch of guys getting together to throw some lead, do a little practizin’, and a little jawin’.  I will bring the targets we use during the spring Rendezvous and the fall Money Shoot for practice. These will include: Shoot the Acorn, Shoot the Spoon, The Snake, 50 Yard Gong, and my personal favorite, Split the Ball.  (If these names have you scratching your head, come on out and see.)

Most black powder guns are acceptable with iron sights using a patched round ballflintlock, matchlock, percussion, rifled, musket, rifled-musket, pistol, revolver, etc.  No cartridge guns please and leave repeating arms and all cannon at home, i.e. SpencersGatlings, etc., and no 10 pound Parrots.

I encourage all of you folks who have wanted to shoot black powder to attend and see what it’s all about.  If you have a muzzle loader but you never really used it, bring it along and we’ll shoot the cob webs out of it. I will have my replica 1863 Remington Zouave and cap ‘n ball revolverfor anyone to try if you don’t own one. And I am sure any Black Powder old hand will load a round for you too.

Please e-mail me, (festus@chesco.com), if you think you are interested and are likely to attend.  This will let me know the level of interest and will provide a mailing list for Rain Date notifications.

See ya there! Rob (Festus) Harney, Black Powder Committee